Bar attendants prepare, mix and serve drinks to customers in hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs.
Bar attendants may perform the following tasks:
- serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- draw beer from the tap or pour from bottles
- mix ingredients to make cocktails and slice fruit to garnish drinks
- prepare and serve a variety of coffees
- refill drink and cigarette dispensers
- collect glasses from tables and place them in glass-washing machines
- wipe down tables and empty ashtrays
- collect payment, operate cash registers and give change
- arrange bottles and glasses on shelves
- clean bar service area and polish glasses
- assist in the cellar
- assist in stock control
- maintain workplace hygiene, occupational health and safety, and security procedures.
A bar manager oversees and manages the entire operation of a bar, from the purchase and pricing of beverages, to hiring and training staff, maintaining records of stock levels and financial transactions and making sure staff follow liquor laws and regulations.
A barista prepares and serves espresso and other espresso-based coffee drinks, such as cappuccinos and lattes.
Bar attendants work in venues that are often busy and noisy. They may have to deal with difficult customers who may be drunk. They usually work shifts, including weekends, evenings and public holidays. Uniforms may be supplied by employers. Bar attendants must be at least 18 years of age, although some training providers give exemptions for the purpose of training.
- good interpersonal skills
- good memory
- efficient and speedy
- enjoy working with people
- good personal presentation
- good cash-handling skills
- able to stand for long periods.
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