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Bartender Job Description, Career as a Bartender, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Vocational school and/or on-the-job training

Salary: Median—$7.42 per hour plus tips

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Bartenders prepare alcoholic drinks for patrons of restaurants, bars, cocktail lounges, and other places where drinks are served. Alcoholic drinks are made up of many combinations of ingredients, and each drink may be made in several ways. The bartender's main job is to know the standard drink recipes and be able to mix them quickly and accurately. Occasionally, customers have their own preferences or recipes for a bartender to follow. Bartenders also check the identification of customers seated at bars to ensure that they meet the minimum drinking age.

Most bartenders take drink orders, serve drinks, and collect money for drinks. In restaurants bartenders fill drink orders placed by the diners, but the drinks are usually served by waiters. Bartenders may have additional duties. Sometimes they arrange bottles and barware, wash glasses, and clean the bar. Bartenders also remove empty bottles and trash and replace empty beer kegs. In large bars and restaurants they may be assisted by a bartender helper.

Bartenders stock the bar by bringing liquor bottles, mixed drink ingredients, and other bar supplies from the storeroom to the bar. They keep track of wines, beers, liquors, and other supplies. Some bartenders do the actual ordering of bar supplies. Others report what is needed to the owner or to a purchasing agent. In very large restaurants and bars the ordering of supplies is done by a wine steward or a beverage manager.

In addition to bars and cocktail lounges, bartenders work in hotels, in private clubs, aboard ships, and on trains. Many bartenders work in restaurants that have a liquor license. About one-fifth of all bartenders own their own bars.

Education and Training Requirements

Most bartenders learn their trade on the job. Some vocational schools offer courses in bartending. Working as a waiter is good experience for someone who wishes to become a bartender. Waiters can learn how to tend bar by watching the bartender work.

Bartenders must be aware of state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic drinks. In some states bartenders must have a bartender's license or a state health certificate. Bartenders usually must be at least twenty-one years old, but many bars prefer to hire individuals who are twenty-five or older. Bartenders must have a neat and clean appearance and a pleasant, agreeable manner. They often interact socially with the patrons, which works to their advantage as far as tipping is concerned.

Getting the Job

Many bars will train prospective bartenders who do not have bartending skills. Interested individuals can apply directly to bars in which they would like to work. Newspaper want ads often carry advertisements Bartenders work in a variety of locations where alcoholic drinks are served. (© ROB and SAS/Corbis.) for bartending jobs. Many bartenders belong to labor unions. A union's local office can help candidates find out about jobs in the bartending field.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Many bartenders gain experience by working in small restaurants or bars. Then they look for jobs in large luxury hotels, restaurants, or cocktail lounges that offer higher wages. In hotels large enough to have many bartenders, one may advance to the position of head bartender. Skilled bartenders who have a knowledge of accounting can become wine stewards or beverage managers.

The employment outlook for bartenders is expected to grow as fast as the average through the year 2014. The overall number of bartenders is large and the turnover rate is high. There is always strong competition for positions in expensive restaurants where potential tip earnings are greatest. It is important to note that the consumption of alcoholic beverages outside of the home has been declining in the United States—a trend that is certain to affect employment. Opportunities will be best for bartenders with the most training and experience.

Working Conditions

Working conditions vary widely. Bars in luxury hotels, restaurants, and resorts offer more plush surroundings than do neighborhood bars. Bartenders must be able to get along well with the public. They should also have good judgment and be willing to stop service to a customer who has had too much to drink. Bartenders must be prepared to work long hours on their feet and lift heavy cases and beer kegs.

Bartenders may work more than forty hours per week. They often work until very late at night and on weekends and some holidays. Some bartenders work split shifts; that is, they work for a few hours, take a long break, and return to work a few hours later. Part-time positions are often available. Many bartenders belong to labor unions.

Earnings and Benefits

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders earn a median salary of $7.42 per hour plus tips. Like waiters, bartenders who work in public bars may receive more than half their earnings as tips. Very popular bartenders, especially those who know their customers well and socialize with them at the bar, can make even more in tips. In some bars and restaurants workers contribute all or a portion of their tips to a tip pool, which is distributed among the staff. The tip pool allows workers who are not usually tipped to share the rewards of good service.

Where to Go for More Information

The International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
2810 N. Parham Rd., Ste. 230
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 346-4800
http://www.chrie.org/

United States Bartenders Guild
P.O. Box 82241
Las Vegas, NV 89180
(702) 248-3383
http://www.usbg.org/

UNITE HERE
275 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001-6708
(212) 265-7000
http://www.unitehere.org/

Some bars supply bartenders with jackets or uniforms. Bartenders who work in restaurants are usually given free meals while they work. Many bartenders receive paid holidays and vacations. Bartenders who work in large hotels and restaurants may receive health insurance, sick pay, and retirement benefits.

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over 7 years ago

I am wayan from Bali Indonesia... It's been for 5 years beeing as a bartender..It is really fun to work behind the bar. knowledge, experience and be flexible with all that you face while inside the bar, will make you never wanna leave from your work place. Complete your knowledge with flairing skill, Amazing... by that time money is not the most important thing that you want to achieve being as a bartender.

Tosss... bravo bartender

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over 8 years ago

i want to be a bartender so bad i am currently enrolled in a vocational school to learn my trade in bartending. so excited

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about 9 years ago

This realy makes me want to bartend.

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over 9 years ago

THiS wEBSiTE iS sO HELPFULl kNOw i REALly WANT TO bE A bARtENdR.

THANkS.

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almost 6 years ago

Respected Sir/ Mam,
I am Mr. Sankalp S. Shende. I have completed my Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management and Post graduation in Fermentation, Distillery & Wine Technology. I would like to make my career in wine industry such as development of Wine industry, Wine making , Quality control deparment, Hospitality solution Wine Trainer. I have knowledge of all the departments as I have completed one crushing during my training period (2011) at Deccan Plateau Winery Pune, India. I have done projects on ‘Pineapple’ & ‘Strawberry’ wine during my training & educational period.
I would like to work for your prestigious company. I am enclosing my CV. Give me an opportunity to grow and thereby add value to your company and myself. Thank you for your consideration. Waiting for your reply.
You can mail me at sankalps23@gmail.com

Thanks & Regards
Sankalp S. Shende

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about 8 years ago

I have bartended at various places in my ten years of experience. In Chicago and Detroit, I have managed as well as being head bartender/manager. I will never hire anyone who has went to school for bartending. Making drinks is simple and you learn it along the way. That's what the schools teach. I hire by experience and personality. If you don't have experience work your way up I did, very quickly. You can't teach someone how to have a personality, and it seems like anyone I have ever interviewed who went to bartending schools is pretty dull. Some states do require it, but if they don't save your money and just jump in, if your eager enough people will train you and that's how you become a great bartender

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about 9 years ago

i really want to be a bartender! if anybody has any experience or suggestions for me let me know! thanks!

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about 7 years ago

is it true that flairing has been doing a lot to entertain guest.???oh my,i want to be a good bartender,but im afraid to learn how to flair.

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almost 8 years ago

Attending a bartending school is a great way to get hands on experience behind a bar. I went to the Professional Bartending Academy in Richmond, Virginia, and they prepared me for a job as a bartender. I recommend people check it out in their area. It works and being a bartender is fun and pretty good money.

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about 6 years ago

My boyfriend works as a bartender, and im learning the life beacuse I want to become one. Its a fast pace job at times, but 1 step at a time, youe get use to the enviornment.

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over 5 years ago

After greeting I have 9 years experience in Egypt and abroad, and I can do all kinds of hot and cold drinks and all kinds of juices and ice cream the work of Mino and holds that the courses can I develop the work of the bar and the place

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over 6 years ago

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almost 6 years ago

lol

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over 7 years ago

I have been a bartender for 15 years. Did not have a lick od experiance when I started other than the drinks I poor for my self. Bartending school is a waste of money! READ A BOOK TO LEARN BASIC DRINKS! Most everyone drinks Vodka Tonic anyway lol. Learn about wine READ A BOOK AND TASTE WINE AT HOME!

It's all about speed, proper training but most of all a great personality! If you dont have that dont bother

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about 9 years ago

thats all ME!

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over 6 years ago

why u lie fhuckin guy

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about 4 years ago

don't be serious about it.... we all like to drink and well we all hate sour and smart people... be chill and be ready for anything and most common drinks that are made are vodka, gin,rum, and tequila .... sweet and sour and triple sec.... Have fun dress up to be funny and work ready lol

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almost 5 years ago

oh wait wrong website but im looking for a job as a prostitute and i have no idea where to look or go so if any can help a brother out will be very helpful thankyou come again

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over 5 years ago

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almost 9 years ago

bArTeNdErSs and resturants like that to get some Waiting and possibly some bartending experience. I think I am onthe right track.

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over 2 years ago

We require the services of devoted and hardworking workers,
who are ready to work after undergoing enlistment training in all
sectors as the Hotel Management intends to increase its man power base
due to increasing numbers of customers.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Employment Type: Full Time and Part time
Monthly Salary: £2,500GBP and above depending on the level of experiences.
Preferred Language of Resume/Application: English
Years of Work Experience: 2years minimum
AVAILABLE POSITIONS
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WELDING INSTRUCTORS AND INSPECTORS, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, CONFERENCE &
BANQUETING OPERATIONS MANAGER, DEMI CHEF DE PARTIE, CHEF DE PARTIE,
FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM MEMBERS, STORE KEEPER, ACCOUNT MANAGER, CASHIER,
BARTENDER, HOST/HOSTESS, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF FRONT OFFICE,
RECEPTIONIST, DOOR PERSON, LOBBY ASSISTANT, PART-TIME GUEST RELATIONS
ASSISTANT, ASSISTANT FLOOR HOUSEKEEPER, HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES
COORDINATOR, ROOM ATTENDANT, CLEANER, FOREIGN/INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
TRANSLATORS AND TEACHERS, RESERVATIONS CLERK, RESERVATION MANAGER,
MARKETING ASSISTANT, CAFÉ ATTENDANT, CAFÉ MANAGER, COMPUTER OPERATOR,
INTERNET SERVICE EXPERT.


AVAILABLE POSITIONS
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FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM MEMBERS,
STORE KEEPER, ACCOUNT MANAGER,ACCOUNTANT, ACCOUNT AUDITOR, CASHIER,
BANQUET SALES COORDINATOR, BANQUET SALES EXECUTIVE, CASINO F&B BAR CAPTAIN,
WAITER/WAITRESS, BARTENDER, HOST/HOSTESS, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF FRONT OFFICE, RECEPTIONIST,
CASINO & F&B FLOOR MANAGER, CASINO F&B BAR SUPERVISOR, CASINO F&B WASHER, SERVICE STYLIST,
DOOR PERSON, LOBBY ASSISTANT, PART-TIME GUEST RELATIONS ASSISTANT, FIRST AID WARDER, QUALIFIED NURSES,
ASSISTANT FLOOR HOUSEKEEPER, COMMIS, HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES COORDINATOR, ROOM ATTENDANT, CLEANER,SECURITY PERSONNEL,
FOREIGN/INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS AND TEACHERS, RESERVATIONS CLERK, RESERVATION MANAGER, BEAUTY THERAPIST,
MASSEUR/MASSA GIST, SPA RECEPTIONIST, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER,MECHANICAL ENGINEER, MARKETING ASSISTANT, MARKETING ADVISER,
BUSINESS ANALYST, CAFÉ ATTENDANT, CAFÉ MANAGER, COMPUTER OPERATOR, INTERNET SERVICE EXPERT.

NOTE: if you are interested in the job offer kindly send your cv to our email :staffordhotellondon@mail2uk.com
Direct Tel: +447035918326

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almost 5 years ago

oi i have this infection on my penis and i hell dont know what it is and im very worried but i think i might leave it for now and let it grow bigger and bigger and bigger i hope dr phil will be able to help me thorugh this big time?

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over 8 years ago

Hi my name is Stepheni and i graduate High School next year. I'm moving to Kansas once i get out of school and i would like to attend a bartending school there so i can become a bartender. So if anyone knows of any really good bertending schools in Kansas then please let me know. Preferably schools close to the Wyandot, Leavenworh, or KCK areas. Thanx

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almost 9 years ago

anybody know of any place or how i can train to become a bartender in fayetteville arkansas

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about 9 years ago

I am a bartender and have been a beverage manager and i love every second of it the money as great sometimes and not so great others