What does a Bartender do?
Bartenders are in charge of managing drink orders at a restaurant, pub, hotel, club, or private event to keep customers satisfied during meals or social gatherings. Bartenders have extensive knowledge of common drinks which they use to recommend drinks to customers, prepare cocktails, pour beers and properly decant wines. Bartenders also entertain customers who sit at the bar by providing stimulating conversation and excellent customer service while filling drink orders for other customers. Their role is to ensure that customers are of legal drinking age and then prepare a requested drink to their specifications.
Bartender skills and qualifications
Examples of skills and qualifications for a successful Bartender candidate include:
- Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations
- Knowledge of mixology for traditional and creative cocktails
- Understanding of unique and complementary flavor pairings
- Impeccable customer service and social perceptiveness
- Ability to evaluate customer satisfaction and responsiveness
- Ability to enforce company policies regarding the consumption of alcohol
- Accountability in maintaining inventory and processing payments
- Physical ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
Bartender salary expectations
A Bartender makes an average of $11.59 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.
Bartender education and training requirements
Bartenders need at least a high school diploma or GED. Many Bartenders also complete bartending school to earn a certification. Food and alcohol handling certifications are also available. Bartenders who need to craft different types of cocktails can also complete mixology courses. Nearly all training that a Bartender receives in on the job. They usually shadow experienced Bartenders until they feel comfortable working on their own.
Bartender experience requirements
Bartenders usually need some experience in a hospitality or food and beverage position. Experience as a Server, Hostess or Front Desk Agent is valuable. In some cases, entry-level Bartenders can start with no prior experience. Those working in a high-end bar or restaurant usually need at least a year or two of experience. If they need to mix complicated cocktails, they should have some experience, though bartending or mixology school can serve as a substitute.
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