Frequently asked questions about working as a Bartender

Are you looking for a role as a Bartender?

Here are the answers to some FAQ's about working in a bar.

Use the tabs below to see the answers to:

  • What do Bartenders do?
  • Is it hard to Bartend?
  • What should you know before becoming a Bartender?
  • How do I get a Bar job with no experience?
  • What skills do you need to work in a bar?
  • How to become a Bartender


What do Bartenders do?

Bartenders have a more direct role with customers, by taking their orders and mixing up their drinks. Their responsibilities include complying with any ID rules such as challenge 25, making traditional & classy drinks whilst also cleaning the supplies & ensuring all customers are enjoying their drinks in the establishment.

Training is usually provided with this role; all you’ll need is an interest in drinks & a great memory to memorise all the tasty cocktails!

Is it hard to Bartend?

Bartending can be hard work, yet enjoyable for the right person.

The role involves working within a fast-paced environment serving delicious drinks in a timely manner, hitting targets and KPI's as well as remember all the cocktails ingredients and keeping the bar nice & clean. 

It's thirsty work - yet rewarding. In a lot of these roles you'll find yourself receiving tips for all your hard work too, so it pays off!

What should you know before becoming a Bartender?

For a lot of these roles, full training is provided - but at redwigwam we wanted to give you some tips to remember before you start your first Bartending job, including...

  • You'll need a constant positive attitude behind the bar 
  • Having a clean bar is crucial
  • You'll also need to make sure you have a strong memory for all those cocktails!
  • It can be hectic at times, with lots of drunk people
  • Bartending can be extremely flexible 

You may have a trial shift first to see if the role is for you or not - keeping these pointers in mind may help reduce your anxiety & get you the job!

How do I get a Bar job with no experience?

There are many ways you can get yourself a bar job with no experience, you could do this through an agency or you could pop into local bars near you and hand out your CV. The Bar supervisor is looking for individuals who are:

  • Confident
  • Have some form of customer-service experience
  • A 'can-do' attitude
  • The desire to learn.

Check our blog on Why Hospitality Is a Great Sector to Work in for more info and advice!

What skills do you need to work in a bar?

You may not need any qualifications to become a Bartender, but you'll need:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Listening skills
  • A fantastic memory 
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment
  • To work in both a team and independently 

How to become a Bartender

If you think a career as a Bartender is for you, why not sign up to redwigwam?

Finding work on redwigwam is easy – we have 1000s of flexible jobs all over the UK. Simply sign up using your email address here and we’ll automatically match you to relevant jobs nearby.  You could sign up today & making tasty cocktails tomorrow!


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