Stocking a commercial bar and stocking a home bar are probably going to be two entirely different things unless you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars on your home bar. If you are, by all means, follow our list to the letter! The liquor store will love you! First, we’ll look at the typical commercial […]
A bartender is someone who serves beverages behind a licensed bar to paying customers. A bartender can also be called a barkeep or a barmaid. Bartenders are found in bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs and other such places. The bartender mixes and serves drinks, and the majority of drinks a bartender is making contain alcohol, such […]
Knowing why people tip can be a powerful tool for a bartender. Michael Lynn of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration wrote a paper called: “Service Gratuities and Tipping: A Motivational Framework.” This article dives into what makes people want to tip. As bartenders we can take a lot from this paper to better understand how and why our customers tip. […]
How is it that some bartenders can earn so much more than others? It comes down to the number one trait needed in bartending. Personality. Earning good tips as a bartender isn’t that difficult, but earning great tips requires some work. People tip based on more than just how much they spend. They also tip […]
What is the difference between a Bartender and a Mixologist? Some would argue that a mixologist is just a fancy term for bartender. Just because a bartender calls themselves a mixologist doesn’t mean that they’re good at mixology. Almost all bartenders are in a sense a mixologist, but not all mixologists bartend. Bartender A bartender […]
Your Resume Needs To Get Noticed. Having a resume in the bartending business is a very good idea. Normally people don’t turn in resumes, instead they simply fill out an application. Some places run out of applications and when you go in to get one you are given a piece of paper, or worse a […]
Getting your degree can be a financial challenge. Reducing the burden of paying for school will make things easier. Many students get jobs while going to school. Sometimes these jobs don’t pay well and take up a lot of time. Bartending pays more money per hour than most part time college jobs. This means that […]
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job Bartending school can be a great way to get a job or bartending school can be a waste of time and money with no long term benefits. Before giving a […]
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” How to barback your way to head bartender. While working as the barback you need to shine. You will be ran and used for everything that’s needed. We covered that in What is a Barback? In order to make […]
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” You can get your first bartending job one of the following ways. 1. Get hired off the street and learn from the employer. 2. Start as a bar back or server and get put behind the bar. 3. Go […]
There is no such thing as a “Bartending License”. In any state. Have you ever asked how to become a licensed bartender? Some people don’t realize that there is no bartending license. Becoming a bartender doesn’t require some sort of state or national standard. No standardized testing given by the Board of Education is given […]
Who are the most important people in the bar? Usually when people are asked this question they give what they think is the right answer. The Customer. WRONG. Now this doesn’t mean that the customer isn’t important. Without them you aren’t going to make money. Let me explain. Years ago I tended bar with a […]
How To Free Pour and Why You Should. Simply put, it’s when you turn a bottle and let the liquid flow without anything, but you, stopping the pour. There are Measured Bottle Pourers that are often used at bars. These pour a calibrated amount of liquid and automatically stop. Most bartenders hate these because they […]
1:3 1 part spirit, 3 parts mixer. This is a good ratio that works for a basic drink like a screwdriver or rum and coke. Glass size is going to be a factor. 8oz glass, fill with ice, 1oz Vodka, 3oz of Orange Juice.
Lets lay down some ground rules for both the Bar and the Customer.