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Published on April 11th, 2014 | by Nicol Jenkins


Tricks of the Trade- Dan Doherty, Bartender and Head Server at Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar


For 8 years, Dan Doherty has been the one to turn to when guests at Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar in Fort Lauderdale want to have the most enjoyable experience while on vacation or staycation.

Dan has been a fixture at Bamboo Beach and has held many roles, as the head server, bartender, and trainer among wearing many other hats.

“I get to help people that I dont even know just a little every day. Even if it’s with something small; helping people is rewarding and you get paid for it,” said Dan.

Everyone knows Dan, as Dan the Man, the guy who always has a smile and is a people person eager to make sure his guests have a fun and memorable time at Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar.

“We have a lot of repeat guests and we take care of them. We see them year after year and get to see their kids grow up. I try to make it as pleasant as possible for them. They save up all year to come on vacation, and it’s important for me to make sure they have a good time while they are here,” said Dan.

If anyone could make sure Bamboo Beach guests are having the time of their life, it’s Dan! He has been in the hospitality industry for 16 years working at various restaurants and bars in South Florida, including Mulligan’s, Fubar, which his family owned, and others. Dan was also among the group that started the hospitality End of Season Bash!

Dan says Bamboo Beach is the perfect hideaway for locals and a paradise for vacationers.

“We are the only tiki bar right on the sand and we can serve drinks on the sand,” said Dan, adding, “I look forward to working there every day. I enjoy the variety and excitement of working at Bamboo Beach. There is something different every day. You get to see people in the day time having fun and then people dressed up at night having a moonlight dinner. Plus, there’s a camaraderie among long-term employees.”

There’s plenty of great food and specials for those who work In The Biz®. Hospitality employees receive 25% off their checks all the time, and 50% off the entire check Wednesday starting at 8 pm. Happy Hour is from 4 pm to 7 pm Monday through Thursday with half off domestic beer, wine, and well drinks. Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm is half off all drinks. The food is also unbeatable! On Wednesdays, it’s all you can eat lobster for only $49.95; on Mondays, it’s fresh mozzarella night. Every night, their fish and all their meals are always made fresh!

Besides the delicious food and tropical drinks, Dan is a main attraction at Bamboo Beach.

His trick of the trade is really no trick at all!

“I really enjoy that the guests are here. It’s not a show for me; it’s real life. It helps if you are real, and I’m always there first and know before my guests need anything. It’s the little things that matter!” said Dan.

Come see Dan anytime! Bamboo Beach is located in the Ocean Manor Hotel at 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. For more information, call 954-566-7500.

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