Did it most of my working life, don’t drink, but went from beer hall to student pub, to sports bar, to yuppie bar, then into fine dining, and finally snooty high end catering.
I really wanted to travel and it provided me not only the means to make heaps of cash, but easy access in and out of the job force. I could piss off for ten months at a time, and come back and walk right into a job.
Plus I was a night hawk then, once the sun was down I had enough energy to paint a house, so it was a good fit for me. And I like not having spent those twenty years waking up to an alarm clock. (I don’t know how people do that, or why.)
Yeah, people get drunk, but you learn how to handle them, most drunks are pretty stupid and easily manipulated. Yes, there are violent drunks, but they tend to raucous bars, sports bars etc, where there are often bouncers. Most drunks are smart enough not to get aggressive with a female bartender, it’s never going to end well for them.
When you’re working in the latest hotest place in town, listening to great music, seeing your friends there as patrons, going home with pockets full of cash, and sleeping late every morning, it ain’t so bad! Like going to a great party, every night! Plus you can always get time off, mid week to see a ball game or a concert, whatever.
My husband and I both did it for many years and we have no complaints, our feet are just fine, and we’ve been around the world a few times.
It really comes down to different strokes for different folks, I think. Cubicle farms, offices, alarm clocks, don’t suit everybody.