Last Call: What it’s like to manage the bar at Medieval Times

The Medieval Times show in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
The Medieval Times show in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
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Working: I’m the bar manager at Medieval Times

Slate produces a fun podcast called Working, in which people explain what it’s like to do their jobs. If you’re into this kind of thing, you’ve read Studs Terkel, right? Anyway, you won’t find Medieval Times in Studs Terkel’s books, but it is the subject of the latest Working podcast, in which the host speaks with Toni Ann Siri, bar manager at the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. This was an especially fun listen for me, because I attended that very Medieval Times with my high-school church youth group. Alas, no drinks were served.

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Siri talks about her 16-year career at this particular Medieval Times, where she worked her way up from “wench”—an official job title—to running the whole bar. The bar, she reveals, makes “a pretty penny” for the entertainment company, because “especially in Jersey, they love to drink.” Siri reveals what it’s like to work New Year’s Eve at Medieval Times, the perhaps surprising opportunities for career advancement, and what’s inside the Dragon Slayer cocktail. If only more jobs involved jousting.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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DISCUSSION

Went to Medieval Times for the first time a few years ago on a BOGO bday deal. I was prepared for cheesy foolishness, but I was very pleasantly surprised that they had a huge bar area and that the food wasn’t bad. I got weirdly competitive with the other groups and was pretty disappointed when our team came in 2nd. I would’ve been pissed to pay full list price. But it was a fun once in a lifetime thing.