Whether the bartender is employed in a restaurant, bar, pub, or other hospitality establishment, the duties and required skills are more or less the same.
Bartender, professional qualifications
There are many different courses and schools to become a bartender. A high school diploma and foreign language skills are also often required.
Requirements and skills
- Knowledge of cocktail recipes
- Knowledge of spirits, wine and beer
- Knowledge of different glasses and toppings
- Knowledge of bar equipment
- Ability to work flexible hours
- Ability to work standing for long periods of time
- Be customer oriented
- good communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to handle a busy work environment
Properly prepare, mix, and serve beverages to customers.
Receive customers and show them drink menus.
Make recommendations and respond to customer inquiries in a courteous and professional manner.
Identify customers to verify they are of legal age.
Take orders from service staff or directly from customers.
Prepare and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages according to recipes, mix and decorate cocktails according to specifications.
Peel and cut fruit to decorate drinks and serve snacks to customers seated at the bar.
Attempt to limit problems related to excessive alcohol consumption by customers by following established procedures.
Process customer payments in cash and process transactions through the POS system.
Keep glasses, bar equipment and work areas clean at all times, arrange glasses and bottles in attractive and functional displays.
Follow all health, safety and sanitation regulations and guidelines.
In Southern Europe, an inexperienced bartender can earn around €1,000 net per month. An experienced barista can earn up to €1,700. In prestigious locations and countries in Northern Europe, the United States and Canada, bartenders can earn up to $3,000 or more per month.