The VERY best gigs are winery gigs, and nobody can change my mind. Usually good pay, usually good hours, usually well-to-do patrons who have had a few glasses and start dancing and tipping very nicely, and usually a bottle or two is included with the paycheck.
We were, we practice for two years the 50 songs we had plus the other 50, more classic rock to be proposed as a 20 mn karaoke style if they wanted that instead of breaks!!! And I'm the bitch of the band, super thorough on all things drums included!!!I think the band has to be good to get a corporate gig.
Did my grounding playing pubs, they're invaluable for teaching you how to deal with any situation. Me and my guitarist graduated from that to the corporate scene once we'd come out the other side of university.
It's a different set of worries on the corporate scene but doing pubs was much tougher and really makes you appreciate how lucky you are to have a well paid gig. Still do the occasional pub gig but I know the landlords and there's usually a good pint in it for me.
Best fun I ever had was doing the bike rally circuit. Crap money but summer is one big party.
since things have opened back up I've played 4 gigs at a friends brewery and few at breweries that they collaborate with... I have to admit that they were all fantastic.
Straight ahead jazz in great sounding rooms ... fantastic beer... wonderful people... good pay