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Dead Rabbit bartender Pamela Wiznitzer stops at nothing to make sure her guests are having a good time — even if it’s painful. “A successful night at work is one where my body hurts,” she says. “It means that I was shaking, running up and down the bar, and dancing so much that I’ve worn myself out.” The Queens native doesn’t shy away from challenges — in her first bartending role, she took it upon herself to consistently pack a once-vacant Murray Hill sports bar in broad daylight — and it’s this commitment that has earned her a loyal following of patrons and peers alike, as well as titles in numerous cocktail competitions. As serious as Wiznitzer is about slinging drinks — she’s also the president of the New York City chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild and is earning a master’s degree in food studies with a concentration on spirits — she also sticks to a Ben & Jerry’s motto: “If it’s not fun, why do it?”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014

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