Bartenders take orders and prepare drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The job may involve recommending drinks for certain circumstances or occasions. In some places, there is a division of labour between bartenders who mix drinks and staff who take orders and serve customers, but often bartenders do both. A bartender must follow the rules on serving alcohol, for example during opening hours, and not serving people who are conspicuously badly drunk.

Bartenders work widely; in pubs, restaurants, hotels and other places where drinks are served.

Main tasks

– taking orders
– providing information on drinks
– preparing and serving drinks
– keeping the bar and surroundings tidy

Competence requirements

Working as a bartender, it is important to have good interpersonal skills and be able to work closely with others. Bartenders need to be able to work in the evenings and on weekends, often under considerable pressure as it is important to be able to deal with unexpected situations with consideration and a sense of service.

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Many bartenders work without formal education in the food or restaurant industry. There are often courses held by employers, but barology is also part of study programs in food service.

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