Andy Magee never planned on opening a bartending company. A manager in the oil and gas industry, he was used to working long hours and spending time away from home. But, after decades of business, he was ready for a change.
“My wife said, ‘You always love to bartend for parties in the backyard. Why not try that?’” says Andy. “So I went to bartending school, and the rest is history.”
Now, Andy is the proud owner and operator of Bartenders and Dreams, San Antonio’s newest and fastest growing bartending company. Only a few months ago, Andy walked away with two prizes from the coveted TastyBites catering competition, and today his business is getting more calls than he ever imagined.
“I treat every wedding as if it were my own,” says Andy. “I want every bride and groom that comes in to know that I’m going give them all my love and attention, even though I’m just the bar.”
Andy built Bartenders and Dreams around the idea that bar service can be both extravagant and affordable. Andy starts working with couples by scheduling an in-person consultation to discuss menu, pricing and bar stocking needs. He plans custom menus and bar décor on a case-by-case basis and also provides handmade signature cocktails that he works together with his clients to conceptualize and create. His main focus is quality service; Andy books a limited number of events to ensure that his clients get his full attention and care.
But Andy knows that the key to his success isn’t the drinks; it’s the bartenders.
“My biggest key is getting quality bartenders, good people,” says Andy. “It takes more than just knowing how to bartend. It’s about smiling, greeting people and making them feel good.”
Every bartender at Bartenders and Dreams is nationally certified and passionate about their work. Andy says that most of his bartenders are professionals who work as nurses and lawyers during the day and bartend on the weeks because of their love of crafting drinks and meeting new people, which is also Andy’s favorite part of the job.
“I’ve met so many new people that there was no way I was going to meet if not for the bartending," says Andy. "I feel real fortunate. That’s the biggest thrill – building the relationships with new people.”
More often than not, the bride and groom go from being Andy’s clients to his friends, exchanging anniversary cards and phone calls long after the wedding has finished. The thrill of building relationships and seeing clients happy is exactly what the oil field was missing – and the best part of Andy’s job.
“Never in a million years did I think I was going to make so many new friends,” says Andy.
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