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
Provide beer, wine, liquor and related bar service to guests.
Collect customer payment, provide receipts, and keep an accurate till through a shift.
Keep a clean workstation that adheres to all applicable liquor laws and health codes relating to the service of food and drink.
Follow recipes to make cost-efficient, accurate, and consistent drinks for all customers.
Track inventory, memorize beer, wine and spirit menu, and be aware of all prices.