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Meet Robert Wagner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Wagner.

Hi Robert, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I have been in the bar/restaurant industry most of my life. Started as a server as a kid then one day, the owner of a restaurant came to me and said, “you can talk to everyone from businessmen to college kids and you’re fast, efficient, and on top of everything.” He told me that he wanted me bartending and I told him I don’t know how to make drinks. He explained to me that he can teach anyone how to make drinks, but he can’t teach personality. I started to bartend and found my passion.

Over the next 20 years, I bartended in restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, mixology bars, dive bars, and so on from Washington D.C. to Miami to California. While bartending in Miami is were I started to excel as a bartender. Started getting into mixology and creating my own fresh craft cocktails. While there, I had guests at the mixology bar & the lounge I bartended at ask me to do private parties for them. This is where the idea for Bartenders On Demand LLC was born. I moved out to LA in 2010, and while I worked on bringing Bartenders On Demand to life, I worked at different dive bars. People out in LA were asking me to bartend private parties just as they did in Miami. I ended up moving to San Diego to be closer to two brothers I had living in SD and on September 27, 2017, Bartenders On Demand was officially born.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Lol, No, it hasn’t. I’m a bartender, not a businessman so I never realized how much it takes to start and run a business. There were hurdles like being ripped off for $9,000.00 by the company that built my website. They then tried to steal ownership of my domains, took me months to prove I was the owner of the domains, and they weren’t. Also, all the legal hurdles to make my business legit. Then Covid-19, lol I can go on and on, but I know bartending, and I’m great with people, so I fought and learned as I went along. I surrounded myself with good people that taught me things on the business side that I didn’t know. I was also lucky because I know bartending I hired a fantastic staff who are mostly still with us today.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the owner of Bartenders On Demand LLC and now in the process of launching Bikini Bartenders On Demand. We do private parties, special events, weddings, birthday parties, cocktail parties, and so on. We have bar service for any occasion. We have different packages to suit everyone’s needs. I will go into further detail when we talk. What I’m most proud of is my staff they are so good and also how we put big smiles on our client’s faces and how happy everyone is with us. From a bride and groom’s wedding day to a college graduation party, the happiness we see in our client’s faces is worth more than any dollar amount. Our clients call me and thank me so much for adding in such a big way to their special day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I’ve always thought I’m unlucky but you make your own luck so, through hard work, I feel very blessed and lucky.

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Photographers Allison Davis @allisondavisweddings, Erika Shasky @eshaskyphotos

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