Many restaurants and hotels which offer alcohol/bar services employ a bar manager to supervise these operations, make relevant hiring decisions, train employees, and even serve as a purchaser for the beer and wine brands offered.
Bar managers help establish and maintain consistent standards, such as dress codes and uniforms and the points of service on which bartenders, bar servers, and support personnel are trained. They also supervise these personnel to ensure that they adhere to these standards at all times, and may also schedule shifts, interviews and hire employees, and oversee their training.
Bar managers may also be involved with finances, as they must maintain a strong inventory stock of customer-preferred brands available at all times. They must balance pricing based on costs, and are also expected to manage a cost of goods sold under a certain par percentage; a part of this cost analysis may include regular inventories.
Most bar managers have extensive practical experience in hospitality and specialize in the beverage service aspect of the enterprise. While some companies prefer bar managers with associate's degrees in hospitality disciplines, others may consider individuals with a strong background in bar-tending work including supervision and assisting in cost control and purchasing. Most bar managers work days and evenings in fairly fast-paced, high traffic tavern environments.
Bar Manager Tasks
Review and manage inventory and finances.
Interview, hire, and train staff.
Supervise daily bar operations and special event planning.