Basics of the bar

You don’t need to feel overwhelmed if you’re about start your first job as a bartender or if you think it might be time to try something new.

The hospitality industry is a rewarding and exciting career path that includes bartending. It can be daunting for newbies. We have some great beginner bartending courses to help you feel more confident when you start.

Although it took some time to get used to, I was soon hooked. While I mixed cocktails, poured pints and shots, and grumbled about having to serve sodas to my customers, I smiled at them all and chatted away.

It’s so fun to bartend. I have worked as a waitress, waitress, manager, and dishes. My best months in hospitality were spent behind bars. Bartending can be hard work, but this makes it so rewarding.

Be Prepared

It can be quite a shock if you have never worked behind bars. You have to learn new techniques and terminology. There’s also the matter of where everything is located, how you use it (you put the ingredients in the glass portion of the Boston Shaker), and how not to make a mess as you work.

You’ll also need to adjust to new clients – if your typical clientele is in restaurants and cafes, you will quickly discover that it’s different. Sometimes customers are more pleasant than others – they are done with their day and can relax with a drink. It can be difficult in some cases – customers who are intoxicated and have a quickly dissipating filter of their words, actions, and words, which you may need to cut off in a few drinks… not an easy task!

The best thing to do is to mentally and physically prepare. Rest! Bartending can be fast-paced and requires you to think constantly on your feet. Wear good shoes! You don’t want to wake up at night or be hungover.

Aside from the physical demands, it would be best to keep your energy high. Every customer deserves the same hospitality. You and your coworkers need to be positive and focused.

Listen Up

You could get a list of everything you will find behind a bar and how to use them. But the truth is that every bar has its way of doing things and will show you how. A manager won’t send a novice bartender out into the wild unsupervised. If they do, it is best to find another job.

Most people who work in this field are passionate about their job. They are more than willing to teach you and answer all your questions. It is better to ask a million than to be confused by Saturday night’s crowd.

The role description will cover everything that you need. If you feel something is missing, let them know! It is essential to know, “Hey, how do I handle an empty keg?” because you don’t want it to be a simple thing.

Customers are also affected by this. Be bold and ask questions if they need clarification on what’s in the cocktail. Sometimes they remember having it at one bar and then assume it’s everywhere. Ask someone working alongside you if they need more clarification. Or consult Google if necessary!

Listen to and engage customers. The better you understand them, the better your tips and recommendations.

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