Bar tenders play a key role in the operation of any tavern, pub, or restaurant which offers alcoholic beverages by executing these orders for guests and making beverages for servers who deliver them to guests. Bar tending is a position which incorporates aspects of customer service and an ability to think and work quickly in what can be a high-stress environment.
Many outside the profession believe that a key attribute for a bar tender is an encyclopedic knowledge of drink recipes. However, guests typically order a fairly routine selection of drinks and many orders - beer and wine, for instance - which require no mixing at all. Employers prefer those who work efficiently and neatly behind the bar and can multitask with ease.
In most establishments, bar tenders are given a certain amount of trust and leeway, as they handle a great amount of cash and credit cards during a shift. They are also responsible for a cash drawer which must be reconciled at the end of each workday. Bartenders should always be the most customer-oriented employees in the establishment and build a rapport with guests; they often carry on conversations with multiple patrons while executing unrelated orders behind the bar.
To work as a bartender, the primary requirement is a history of practical experience in the service and hospitality industry. Most employers of entry-level bar tending positions prefer candidates who have worked in beverage service as waiters/waitresses. While many restaurants require daytime bartenders, most in this position work evenings and late nights. Bar tending can be a stressful, high-energy job, and most bartenders will need to go hours without sitting or resting.
Bar Tender Tasks
Complete liquor requisitions and supply lists.
Perform all guest contact activities in a cordial, efficient and professional manner.
Ring guest checks, collect cash and process credits.
Make and serve drinks to guests and cocktail servers.
Complete all side work.