Bartender job description:
Bartending can be a fast-paced, social and potentially lucrative job. It’s typically a customer-facing role and offers the incentive of being rewarded for good service in the form of tips. Let us guide you through a useful overview of the role, outlining the job requirements, benefits and what to expect as a bartender...
Bartender Duties May Include:
Taking orders of various lengths and serving drinks
Mix cocktails, various liquors and long drinks
Taking payment for drinks
Checking customers’ identification for age verification based on the legal requirements of the state
Cleaning glasses and bar equipment (dependant on team size)
Stocking the bar with necessary supplies eg, alcohol, glassware, napkins etc.
Cleaning bar area, tables and work area
Making order requests for supplies
Plan and/or memorize food menu and take food orders
Supervise bar/waiting staff (dependant on experience)
Set up and close the bar (slicing fruit, stocking, arranging furniture
Dealing with customer inquiries, problems and inappropriate behaviour
Duties may vary dependant on the bar policies and capacity of the establishment but many of the outlined tasks will be conducted on a daily basis.
Tips are a huge benefit of this role and can subsidise income substantially
Work hours can be flexible and additional work can be available
The workplace is typically a social environment and can become an alternative, profitable nightlife
Some workplaces offer discounted or free food
College students often take home full-time wage by working weekend shifts and still have study time
Challenges May Include:
Customer service is vital to the role and must be maintained throughout service
Multi-tasking is essential to the running of a bar and can be fast paced / pressured at times
Dealing with varying - and potentially inappropriate- behaviour in a professional manner
Working weekends and evenings is likely and shifts may extend to early hours of the morning
Dependant on the employer, a bar-school qualification may be necessary
Experience is preferable however some employers provide training
A legal age requirement (check the state’s age requirements for purchasing alcohol)
U.S Eligibility to work
A Bartender’s salary is typically determined by hourly wage, tips from customers and amount of work hours per week. It can also be dependent on establishment type and capacity. Many of the trendiest, expensive bars offer the highest earnings which can reach $31,000 annually, however the average take-home pay for a bartender annually is around $18,500. This data was sourced from Salary.com and can be found here.
The working hours of a bartender can be seen as inconvenient or convenient dependant on the lifestyle of the individual. The hours tend not to be structured and can potentially be flexible for staff who are studying, have multiple jobs, or other commitments. This also means that additional shifts may be available to pick up on request.
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