Job Description:

Bar staff make and serve drinks in venues like pubs, clubs, wine bars, hotels and leisure centres.

Job Category:
Tourism, Hospitality & Entertainment

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


You’ll need:

  • 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
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Entry Requirements:

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.