What does a Bartender do?

Bartenders take order, make drinks, and serve them to customers. Bartenders work at a variety of restaurants and drinking extablishments, including bars, clubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, and restaurants. They tend to work weekends, late hours, and over holidays.

Bartenders do not need to have a formal education, but most have a high school diploma or equivalent. Bartenders generally acquire their skills through on-the-job training. The best bartenders are friendly and outgoing, have a good memory, and display composure.

  • Provide high quality service to customers
  • Adhere to all local and national liquor laws
  • Mix and serve drinks following set standard recipes
  • Greet guests in a timely manner and take orders
  • Process cash and credit card transactions following appropriate procedures
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment for guests and team
  • Carry out all tasks with attention to detail, cleanliness, and safety
  • Assist with inventory and inventory control
  • A high school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • 2 years of experience in a bar or similar environment
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time
  • Strong knowledge of spirits, wine, champagne, and mixed cocktails
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and speak English proficiently
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Bartender Salaries

Average Base Pay

£18,431 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£14K
Median: £18K
£24K
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Bartender Career Path

Learn how to become a Bartender, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Bartender
£18,431/yr
L3
Senior Bartender
£19,553/yr
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Bartender Insights

Read what Bartender professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
MeloMelo Kava Bar
Barback
4 Dec 2021

“You meet a wonderful and eclectic group of people and make friends I still have to this day.”

Twin Peaks RestaurantsTwin Peaks Restaurants
Bartender
11 Feb 2021

“I loved that I got to meet so many people and the money really is great.”

Dirty Martini (UK)Dirty Martini (UK)
Bartender
19 Nov 2021

“Everyone works hard and is really friendly and you end up making really good friends.”

Uncle Bentlys Pub
Bartender/Cocktail Waitress
10 Dec 2021

“Some of the managers are really entitled and treat others with little to no respect.”

SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Server/Bartender
22 Sep 2021

“It was a fun experience working part time serving and bartending in such a lively environment.”

Hagadone CorporationHagadone Corporation
Server/Bartender
18 Aug 2021

“It is a beautiful place to work and I've found many people whom I enjoy working within the resort.”

The Brudenell
Bar Person
25 Oct 2021

“You get to meet new people and be part of a fun and friendly team.”

Off to WorkOff to Work
Waiter/Bartender
3 Jan 2020

“I have had great memories and have made friends during my time at Off To Work.”

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Bartender Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a bartender

When working as a bartender, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VERBAL Communication, Writing, Excellent Communication, Excellent Customer Service and Requests.

The most similar professions to bartender are:
  • Food Service Worker
  • Barista
  • Server
  • Host