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Working As A Bartender Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $26,670

    Average Salary

What Does A Bartender Server Do

Bartenders mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff.

Duties

Bartenders typically do the following:

  • Greet customers, give them menus, and inform them about daily specials
  • Take drink orders from customers
  • Pour and serve wine, beer, and other drinks and beverages
  • Mix drinks according to recipes
  • Check identification of customers to ensure that they are of legal drinking age
  • Clean bars, tables, and work areas
  • Collect payments from customers and return change
  • Manage bar operation and order and maintain liquor and bar supplies

Bartenders fill drink orders either directly from customers at the bar or through waiters and waitresses who place drink orders for dining room customers. Bartenders must know a wide range of drink recipes and be able to mix drinks correctly and quickly. When measuring and pouring beverages they must avoid spillage or over pouring. They also must work well with waiters and waitresses and other kitchen staff to ensure that customers receive prompt service.

Some establishments, especially busy establishments with many customers, use equipment that automatically measures and pours drinks at the push of a button. Bartenders who use this equipment, however, still must become familiar with the ingredients for special drink requests and be able to work quickly to handle numerous drink orders.

Bartenders in some establishments also use carbonated beverage dispensers, cocktail shakers, commercial strainers, trigger sprayers, and ice shaver machines.

In addition to mixing and serving drinks, bartenders stock and prepare garnishes for drinks and maintain an adequate supply of ice, glasses, and other bar supplies. They also wash glassware and utensils and serve food to customers who eat at the bar. Bartenders are usually responsible for ordering and maintaining an inventory of liquor, mixers, and other bar supplies.

Some bartenders run their own bar or catering business. In addition to their standard bartending duties, these owners also are responsible for hiring, training, and supervising their staff; budgeting for and ordering supplies; and setting prices.

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How To Become A Bartender Server

Most bartenders learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training usually lasting a few weeks. No formal education is required.

Many bartenders are promoted from other jobs at the establishments in which they work. Bartenders at upscale establishments usually have attended bartending classes or have previous work experience.

Although most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years old, most bartenders are 25 or older. Bartenders must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Education

No formal education is required to become a bartender. However, some aspiring bartenders acquire their skills by attending a school for bartending or by attending bartending classes at a vocational or technical school. These programs often include instruction on state and local laws and regulations concerning the sale of alcohol, cocktail recipes, proper attire and conduct, and stocking a bar. The length of each program varies, but most courses last a few weeks. Some schools help their graduates find jobs.

Training

Most bartenders receive on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks, under the guidance of an experienced bartender. Training focuses on cocktail recipes, bar-setup procedures, and customer service, including how to handle unruly customers and other challenging situations. In food service establishments where bartenders serve food, the training may cover teamwork and proper food-handling procedures.

Some employers teach bartending skills to new workers by providing self-study programs, online programs, videos, and instructional booklets that explain service skills. Such programs communicate the philosophy of the establishment, help new bartenders build rapport with other staff, and instill a desire to work as a team.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some bartenders qualify through related work experience. They may start as bartender helpers and progress into full-fledged bartenders as they learn basic mixing procedures and recipes. Some bartenders also may start as waiters and waitresses.

Advancement

Advancement for bartenders is usually limited to finding a job in a busier or more upscale restaurant or bar where prospects for earning tips are better. Some bartenders advance to supervisory jobs, such as dining room supervisor, maitre d', assistant manager, and restaurant general manager. A few bartenders open their own bars.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Bartenders must listen carefully to their customers’ orders, explain drink and food items, and make menu recommendations. They also should be able to converse with customers on a variety of subjects and create a friendly and welcoming environment.

Customer-service skills. Bartenders must have good customer-service skills to ensure repeat business.

Decisionmaking skills. Bartenders must be able to make good decisions. For example, they should be able to detect intoxicated and underage customers and deny service to those individuals.

Interpersonal skills. Bartenders should be friendly, tactful, and attentive when dealing with customers. For example, they should be able to tell a joke and laugh with a customer to build rapport.

Physical stamina. Bartenders spend hours on their feet preparing drinks and serving customers.

Physical strength. Bartenders should be able to lift and carry heavy cases of liquor, beer, and other bar supplies, which often weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Bartender Server Career Paths

Bartender Server
Assistant Manager Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Restaurant Manager Executive Chef Assistant General Manager
Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Bar Manager Office Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Office Administrator Event Coordinator
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Barista Office Administrator Event Coordinator
Director Of Catering
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Market Manager Event Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Bar Manager Restaurant Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Barista Chef Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Branch Manager Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Restaurant Manager Director Of Food And Beverage Assistant General Manager
Restaurant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Manager Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Office Manager Account Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Bartender Server Demographics

Gender

Female

66.8%

Male

32.0%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.0%

French

10.1%

German

4.8%

Italian

4.2%

Portuguese

3.0%

Russian

2.1%

Japanese

1.8%

Chinese

1.5%

Arabic

1.4%

Greek

1.2%

Mandarin

1.1%

Polish

0.9%

Korean

0.6%

Thai

0.5%

Swedish

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Hebrew

0.4%

Tagalog

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%
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Bartender Server Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.3%

University of Central Florida

6.9%

West Virginia University

6.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.4%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Florida State University

4.8%

University of South Florida

4.8%

Temple University

4.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Texas State University

4.4%

Towson University

4.2%

Kennesaw State University

4.1%

University of North Texas

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.0%

Western Michigan University

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Grand Valley State University

3.9%

Valencia College

3.8%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

Psychology

9.5%

Communication

6.7%

Nursing

6.7%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

General Studies

4.7%

Marketing

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Accounting

3.8%

Biology

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Kinesiology

3.3%

Hospitality Management

3.1%

Management

2.9%

English

2.7%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Political Science

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Education

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Other

34.1%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

4.7%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Bartender Server

OutstandingCustomerServiceNon-AlcoholicBeveragesMenuItemsPOSFoodOrdersDrinkOrdersHighVolumeBeverageOrdersCustomerServiceSkillsCommunicationSkillsGuestSatisfactionNewServersNewBartendersSpecialEventsQualityCustomerServiceSalesGoalsDailySpecialsFoodPreparationNewStaffFoodItems

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  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  3. Menu Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted management with coordinating and conducting large banquets and events, and provided guests with outstanding customer service.
  • Practice alcohol awareness as well as make alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Maintained updated knowledge of all menu items, specials, liquor brands, beers and non-alcoholic selections.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service & provided a pleasant & positive experience for customers.
  • Placed food orders, made drinks for myself and other servers, and also responsible for take-out orders.

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