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.
- 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.
- 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.