Bartenders are primarily responsible for offering, preparing, and serving drinks to customers. They have a good knowledge of which alcoholic beverages can be mixed together to make a classic preparation. The field of distilled spirits is vast and knowledgeable bartenders are always appreciated by liquor connoisseurs. Premium quality service is essential for making sure that guests keep returning to the same pub. The profession of a bartender can be very lucrative because you are heavily tipped by the customers all the time. Most regular goers know regarding the norms of tipping bartenders which is usually a certain percentage of the bill and abide by it. Bartenders can bag a job in restaurants, hotels, clubs, bars, and other drinking establishments. The job is repetitive in nature and quite high pressured during peak hours when the liquor has to be served fast but with perfection. Dealing with inebriated customers politely can be difficult at times particularly when you are refusing them another drink. Whether the work is part-time or full-time most need to be present during holidays and weekends.
Bartender Job Description
The job duties of a bartender associated with a medium to high standard drinking bar or restaurant can be as follows
- Welcome the customer and present the menu card
- Help select the drink and right snack to go along with it
- Take orders for drinks and snacks
- In case of a doubt the bartender will have to check the relevant age proof before taking orders.
- Prepare non-alcoholic as well as alcoholic beverages with regular ingredients and innovative ones. If there is a special request then you will have to prepare it as well.
- Arrange the display of bottles and glasses to make the bar look attractive.
- A bartender should have the ability to up sell drinks and also make suggestive selling.
- Understand when a customer has drunk too much and if required refuse any more servings.
- Entertaining clients by juggling bottles and playing with fire requires skill which can be learnt with a little effort.
- Maintain the inventory of liquors and collection of payments.
- Handover payments to the bar manager after the day’s sale is done.
- Make sure that the bar area has all the instruments necessary for making cocktails and serving customers.
- Make the clients comfortable and offer excellent service. Bartenders are required to remember the choice of bar regulars so that refills can be offered as soon as the client asks for it.
- Comply with all the beverage and food regulations.
- Perform any duty assigned by the hotel manager or bar manager.
- Check the stock and order new supplies.
- Clear the tables and arrange the glasses after customers have left and prepare the bar for the next day.
- Guide customers and help them with hotel options or any other information they are seeking.
The job of a bartender does not require any special education. It can be learnt on-the-job but to join the profession a candidate has to be at least 18 years of age. Many candidates prefer attending technical schools where the state laws and rules, cocktail recipes, and the conducts relevant to barmen are taught.