Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to customers according to standard recipes. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls, and other licensed establishments.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Bartenders are required to complete.
- Setting up and maintaining the bar:
- Cleaning and organizing the bar area and washing the glassware, keeping the flow of glasses being washed at a level so that customers can always be served when they need to;
- planning and presenting a bar menu;
- arranging glasses and bottles into attractive and functional displays;
- anticipating volume of customers and preparing items to meet the demand; and
- making garnishes for drinks (peeling, slicing, and pitting fruit) and preparing and replenishing appetizers, such as peanuts, olives, pretzels, etc.
- Taking care of bar operations:
- Taking beverage orders from serving staff or directly from customers;
- mixing liquor, soft drinks, water, and other ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks;
- preparing non-alcoholic beverages, pouring wine, and serving draft or bottled beer for food and beverage Servers or serve directly to customers;
- serving customers quickly and efficiently, while ensuring that no alcohol is served to minors or overly intoxicated customers;
- serving snacks or food to customers seated at the bar; and
- thanking and greeting guests with genuine appreciation before they leave.
- Communicating with customers:
- Getting feedback from customers in order to ensure satisfaction with both beverages and service;
- anticipating and addressing customers service needs; and
- ensuring all information provided to the customer is current and accurate.
- Maintaining a warm and inviting environment for the customers’ enjoyment at all times, ensuring the best experience, so that they always come back for the first class service.
- Using carbonated beverage dispensers, cocktail shakers and other accessories, commercial strainers, mist and trigger sprayers, and ice shaver machines.
- Maintaining inventory and control of bar stock and ordering necessary supplies.
- Managing administrative operations:
- Accepting and processing payment from guests and/or patrons for food and beverage;
- recording the customers’ payments;
- balancing the cash register at the start and close of each shift; and
- using MICROS or any other point of sale software to record orders.
- Following all company safety and security policies and procedures at all times:
- Completing safety training and certifications;
- reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to the Manager; and
- following all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverages.
- Training and supervising other bartenders and bar staff.
- Greeting customers.
- Taking drink orders from servers or directly from customers.
- Pouring wine and serving draft and bottled beer, as well as other drinks and beverages.
- Mixing drinks according to recipes.
- Checking identification of customers to ensure that they are of legal drinking age.
- Clean bars, tables, and working areas.
- Operating cash registers, collecting payments from customers, and returning change.
- Managing bar operations and ordering and maintaining liquor and bar supplies.
The average Bartender salary is $26,501 per year or $14 per hour. This is around 0.8 times less than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $19,000 while most experienced workers make up to $37,000. These results are based on 284 salaries extracted from job descriptions.