Becoming a Bartender
We all have one point seen ourselves behind the bar slinging drinks like Tom did in his famous movie role. But before we do, there are few things we must consider:
- Are we ready to give up our weekends?
- Is working late hours something we are comfortable with?
- Are we what we call a “people person”?
- Can we take orders and remain calm under pressure?
- Do we deal with patrons that could become rude and rowdy?
Bartending can be a very lucrative and reward career. For others, it can be a simple sideline job while in school. Whatever it may be, bartending does require certain skills that can be taught in bartending schools and experienced in the line of fire.
A professional bartender understands both the needs of the clients and what is required to become effective during service. A bartender’s quick check list:
- Is my liquor inventory up to par?
- Is my beer inventory properly stocked?
- Are my fruits and condiments prepared?
- Do I have enough ice?
- Does my till have enough change?
A bartender knows what can be called the “golden hours” at which point all they do is take orders and serve drinks. To maximize the full potential, preparation is key.