Starting a bartender job with no previous experience can be scary but don’t worry, everyone has to start somewhere.
Here are some helpful tips to become a bartender
STEP 1: LEARN A FEW POPULAR SHOTS & COCKTAILS
I am going to let you in on a secret, trying to learn 200 drink recipes is a waste of your time. Why? well because In today’s bar, they have a cash register POS (Point Of Sale) machine. When a customer orders a drink and you enter that drink into the POS system, the drink recipe is displayed on the screen. Hence learn a few popular ones and over time you will learn the others.
STEP 2: LEARN BARTENDER LINGO
Bartenders hear terms like “on the rocks”, “up”, “with a twist”, or “neat” from customers who order drinks. Bartenders also hear terms like “86’d”, “Close-out”, “High Ball”, or “BAC Level” from other bartenders. Lesson 25 has a glossary of terms for you to learn all the bartender lingo so that you won’t look like a total noob while interviewing.
STEP 3: SPEND SOME TIME IN A BAR
One of the best ways to learn is by watching. Go to a local bar and observe the bartenders in action. Notice the bartenders interaction with the customers, what types of drinks are being ordered most, and even the way they pour and move behind the bar. We filmed the learn bartending course in a real bar so that you can see the tools, best practices, and proven techniques from a real bartender that has over 22 years experience in a real bar.
STEP 4: APPLY FOR BARBACK OR SERVER JOB
“PAYING YOUR DUES“. If you are new to Bartending you may have to start off as a barback or server first. Once you get more experience, then move your way up to a bartender position. Look on our JOBS PAGE for current bartending jobs. Visit a bar you want to work at, looking neat and professional, and give your resume to the bar manager. It’s important you smile, and show you are friendly, willing to learn and do whatever it takes to make the bar a great place for customers to visit.
STEP 5: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
After you learn the basics of bartending, invest in some bar tools to practice making drinks. We love the Tin Play Boston Shaker set, because it’s clear, so you can see what ingredients are going into the cocktail. The tin play kit is a 6 in 1 tool, shaker, muddler, jigger, ice scoop, bottle opener, can opener. Practice makes perfect!
Watch this video to see Robbie Flair talk to a real bar owner about what he looks for when hiring a potential new bartender. Steve went from bartender to bar owner like many do when going down this career path.