Bartender's Job Description and Work Flow

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Bartender Job Description

Bartending is not just the making of mixed drinks. Here is a list of things that bartenders and barbacks have to do throughout their shift.

Note: Bartenders' job descriptions are different for every establishment.

Setting Up The Bar

  • Get ice for all the wells. This is the first thing that should be done. Without ice, mixed drinks can't be made.
  • Prepare fruit trays. Garnishes are important for the drinks. Make sure there are some backups.
  • Restock the bar with beer, liquor, wine, glassware, juices, etc. Make sure that everything is at the bar and that there are enough backups for the shift. Note: Always rotate the products.
  • Check the draught beers to make sure they're working and that they're not empty. If they're empty, change the kegs. Note: Do not lift a keg by yourself. Always get somebody to help you and always lift with your legs and not with your back.
  • Get a cash drawer and money to make change.
  • Get trash cans and towels.
  • Make sure that the bar is clean before opening it.

Work Flow

  • Say hello to customers when they approach the bar and place a beverage napkin on the counter. Always acknowledge customers regardless of how busy you are. If you are busy, say something like, "I'll be with you in just a second."
  • Take customers' drink orders.
  • Make drinks for customers.
  • Input drink orders in the system.
  • Charge the amount due.
  • Give their change. Note: Make sure that you give them some small bills, so they could leave you a tip.
  • Make drinks for cocktail waitresses.
  • Collect empty glasses from the bar.
  • Wipe the bar top constantly.
  • Wash glassware.
  • Restock anything that you need.

Closing Duties

  • Wash all the glassware.
  • Clean all the bottles.
  • Melt the ice in your well.
  • Clean your well.
  • Restock beer, liquor, etc.
  • Clean the bar.
  • Do your check out.
  • Place dirty towels in their appropriate location.
  • Get rid of the trash and boxes.
  • Always "Close to Open." This means to leave everything ready for the next day.