With years of experience, the instructors teach people (students) how to take drink orders, serve
drinks, and tab out for the drink order.
You will learn how to mix drinks correctly and provide exceptional customer service that will result in making BIG TIPS!
Bartenders may have additional duties: Sometimes need to arrange bottles and
bar-ware, 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 "Bar Back". We go
through it all in class!
We'll show you how to stock the bar by bringing liquor bottles, mixed drink
ingredients, and other bar supplies from the storeroom to the bar. You 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
In addition to bars and cocktail lounges, you
may work in hotels, in private clubs, aboard ships, and on trains. Many of our bartenders
placed work in restaurants that have a liquor license until late at night.
About one-fifth of all our graduate bartenders work for someone they know who owns
their own bar.
Education and Bartending Training Requirements
Most bartenders learn their trade here at a licensed bartending trade school - on the
job after attending an Alcohol Certificate Training Course. Working as a service
bartender is good
experience for someone who wishes to become a full-time bartender.
Service bartenders 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. We teach ServeSafe Alcohol Training or T.I.P.S. during
Bartenders in most states must
be at least eighteen years old, but some
bars prefer to hire individuals who are twenty-one
or older. So older people do very well
also! We teach that bartenders must have
a neat and clean appearance and a pleasant, agreeable manner. We tech how you will
need to 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 have attended and completed an established bartending program that reviews state laws regarding alcohol safety.