Getting your first bartending job.

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eagles75 in atco, New Jersey

73 months ago

I am having a tought time getting my foot in the door has a bartender. I feel like all the interview and people have have talked to went well. I have traing has a bartender and my TIPS cert, just cant get my foot in the door. Anybody have any good suggestions.

Vera in Ohio in Columbus, Ohio

73 months ago

same problem

AB in Pompano Beach, Florida

61 months ago

If you're a very attractive female, take pb's advice.

If you're a male, you need to realize that graduating from bartending school in no way qualifies you to get behind the bar at a top notch establishment. Being a great bartender is about way more than just pouring drinks, there are so many intangibles that go along with it. And chances are, unless your a very attractive female, nobody is going to want to hire you right off the bat as a bartender. As a guy, unless you get lucky, there is really only one way to get where you want to be; start at the bottom and work your way up. Find a bar / club that has great bartenders, do whatever you need to to get in the door, and work your ass off. If you put the effort in, you will learn way more as bar-back than you ever did in bartending school. And remember, keep an open mind. Nobody likes training somebody that thinks they know everything already.

Oz Man in Tampa, Florida

58 months ago

Great advice from both of you. Is the best way to start as a bar back to start knocking on doors or on line?

wayne in nyc in Hyattsville, Maryland

46 months ago

how do you get a job as a barback though?

griff021 in Hollis, New Hampshire

38 months ago

Pretty much just ask at bars if they need any bar backs. a lot of times they will.

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