In Summary - Bartender
Bartenders typically work in the following Career Sectors:
The Work - Bartender
A Bartender's duties include identifying and serving drinks and sometimes food like bar snacks, sandwiches and soups in a pleasant, efficient manner, operating cash registers and draught dispensing equipment, purchasing and checking in supplies, requisitioning of stock from cellars and displaying products on shelves and having a knowledge of legislation in relation to hygiene, safety and licensed premises.
The job is demanding, but it is also very interesting and varied. Bartenders meet people from all walks of life and are busiest when most people have finished work.
Work hours are very varied and often involve night shifts at unusual times - in the evenings, at weekends and over holiday periods.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Collect money for drinks served.
- Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.
- Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.
- Balance cash receipts.
- Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.
- Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.
- Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.
- Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.
- Clean bars, work areas, and tables.
- Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Interests - Bartender
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Bars can be very busy, noisy places with all kinds of customers from groups of young men to elderly people.
As a barperson, you will need to be an enthusiastic, friendly type of person, who is able to get along with most people. You should be able to work in a team, sometimes with chefs and cooks and have good communication skills. You need to be aware of hygiene and personal cleanliness, be good with numbers, and able to lift and move heavy items. You'll be on your feet most of the time so you'll need plenty of stamina.
Entry Requirements - Bartender
There is no one set way to enter the bar business. Many people start off in the industry by doing part-time work during the holidays. Personal application may be made to any licensed premises. Employers may also advertise locally for staff. Working in a bar can be great fun and it's also a great way to start your career in the hospitality sector. You could work your way up the ladder to become a Bar Supervisor, Bar Manager or even a publican.
Bar management courses such as CR650 at CIT are a great way to learn all the skills you need to be a success in the bar trade – from service to management.
There are hundreds of courses available across Ireland to help you get started in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. If full-time education doesn’t suit, you can also avail of some great apprenticeship programmes in the industry.
Last Updated: November, 2015
Pay & Salary - Bartender
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 19k - 35k
Average of €11 - €14 euro per hour
Excel Recruitment Hotel and Catering Salary Survey 2019
Last Updated: May, 2019
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Bartender
Employment growth has been strong for these occupations; however, churn is also a significant factor resulting in an over-representation in the vacancy data. While demand has grown, no specific qualification is required for the majority of these roles and, therefore, supply can be drawn from the total labour market. Indeed, there were over 3,000 job ready job seekers in August 2018, who had previously been employed in these occupations.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Bartender
Licensed Vintners Association
Vintners Federation of Ireland