Bar staff make and serve drinks in venues like pubs, clubs, wine bars, hotels and leisure centres.Job Category:
What you will do:
You could work for a large chain or an independent business. You’ll be responsible for creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and talking with customers.
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- using a till to take orders and payments
- handling cash
- serving drinks and snacks
- keeping the bar clean and well stocked
- making complicated drinks like cocktails
- giving people advice and information on their drinks
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- customer service skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to enjoy working with other people (teamwork)
- a good memory
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
There are no set entry requirements, but customer service experience may be helpful.
You’ll usually need to be at least 18 to work in a bar, although you could start a relevant apprenticeship at 16.
Working Hours and Environment:
Hours will vary and you’re likely to work shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays. Seasonal work is common.
You may have to work in a noisy, hot or crowded environment. You may be asked to lift heavy items like crates of drinks.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to supervisor, deputy bar manager and bar manager.
You could also become a publican or bar manager for a hotel chain.