How To Get Help When You Need It.

How To Get Help Behind The Bar Anytime. Every bartender needs some help at some point.   How to get help when you need it can be easy. You just need to lay the groundwork.   Getting the help you need when you need it depends on you and how you treat people on a … Read more

Conversations with Customers

Conversations with Customers Being able to hold a conversation is an important skill for bartenders.  It helps people feel welcome and relaxed.  Conversations with customers can be short and simple or deep and involved.  It depends on how busy you are and the customer.  Remember, when you’re busy you need to keep the conversation short … Read more

Hiring Bartenders

If you have experience and can’t find a bartending gig you might want to consider that you’re looking in the wrong places or you need to re-evaluate you. Many bars don’t know how to hire. Even the ones that have been around for a long time. They look for a thing or gimmick that will … Read more

Sleeping With Bartenders

Sleeping With Bartenders I Click Baited you. It should read Sleeping For Bartenders. Bartenders have a real problem at the end of the night. Getting to sleep. You just finished a long shift, served a million drinks, dealt with customers all night and now your brain is spinning  and your body is still in GO … Read more

Mixologist vs Bartender. What’s Your Passion?

What is the difference between a Bartender and a Mixologist? Some would argue that a mixologist is just a fancy term   for bartender. Just because a bartender calls themselves a mixologist doesn’t mean that they’re good at mixology. Almost all bartenders are in a sense a mixologist, but not all mixologists bartend. Some people just … Read more

Is Bartending A Real Job?

Proud To Be A Bartender What’s your real job?   When you bartend people ask this question and other similar questions all the time. You can be proud of being a bartender, just like any other profession.  Some people don’t get it and that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you do the best job … Read more

5 Body Language Tips For Bartenders

Use your body to make more money. You can do it without taking off your clothes. Your body language has a huge impact on your customers and their body language can tell you about them. There have been so many studies done on body language and how it effects both your personal and professional life. … Read more

What is Propolis and why should I care?

Propolis is made by bees and is used for your health and wellness. The stuff is great. You can buy it in a spray. Just aim it into the back of your throat and squirt. It helps boost your immune system. Every bartender is exposed to germs every shift. Using Propolis spray can help keep … Read more

Why Learning Other Jobs, Benefits You.

Learn the Business By Learning Other Jobs You can spend a lifetime learning the bar business, many have. The list of things that are done in a bar is huge. Mixology, management, inventory, it all matters and learning other jobs is important for your career. Something else is also important.  What are other people that … Read more

The Positive Relationship

How does a positive relationship help a bartender? Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with co-workers is an excellent way to improve business. A business that does well is a lot nicer work in, and you make more money. A bar that brings in good money usually creates a better working environment. People are happier … Read more

A Clean Bar Makes More Money

  Make More Money With A Clean Bar Keeping your bar clean is about more than doing side-work for the business. A clean bar has a psychological effect on you and your guests. A well organized, clean bar serves more drinks, faster than a bar where chaos is the rule. It is much easier to … Read more

Talking to Customers is Great for Business

Talking to Customers Bartenders have to talk to a lot of different people. It is a big part of the job. Always keep your head on a swivel.   Conversations with customers can be great for you, or it can do some damage. Let’s start with one of the most common screw ups bartenders make when … Read more

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The Personality of a Bartender

A personality lesson It was my night off from bartending, so I went to a bar. It was a slow night, during the week, and this place had some local brews that I wanted to try. A group of six people came into the bar.  I recognized them because I’ve waited on them before, at my bar. Business was slow that … Read more

How To Stock A Bar

Stocking a commercial bar and stocking a home bar are probably going to be two entirely different things unless you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars on your home bar. If you are, by all means, follow our list to the letter! The liquor store will love you! First, we’ll look at the typical commercial … Read more

How To Spot A Professional Bartender

A bartender is someone who serves beverages behind a licensed bar to paying customers. A bartender can also be called a barkeep or a barmaid. Bartenders are found in bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs and other such places. The bartender mixes and serves drinks, and the majority of drinks a bartender is making contain alcohol, such … Read more

5 Reasons Why People Tip and How To Use It

Knowing why people tip can be a powerful tool. Michael Lynn of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration wrote a paper called: “Service Gratuities and Tipping: A Motivational Framework.” This article dives into what makes people want to tip. As bartenders we can take a lot from this paper to better understand how and why our customers tip. Having this information … Read more

How Bartenders Average 25% Or More In Tips

How is it that some bartenders can earn so much more than others? It comes down to the number one trait needed in bartending. Personality. Earning good tips as a bartender isn’t that difficult, but earning great tips requires some work. People tip based on more than just how much they spend. They also tip … Read more

Write Your Resume To Get Noticed

Your Resume Needs To Get Noticed. Having a resume in the bartending business is a very good idea. Normally people don’t turn in resumes, instead they simply fill out an application. Some places run out of applications and when you go in to get one you are given a piece of paper, or worse a … Read more

Hoftbrau Lawsuit

Owners of South Side’s Hofbrauhaus settle in girl’s death for $15.6 million May 7, 2013 2:45 PM By Paula Reed Ward Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a drunken driver in 2010 after he left the Hofbrauhaus restaurant on the South Side on Tuesday reached a $15.6 million settlement … Read more

How to Move Your Career with Bartending.

Getting your degree can be a financial challenge. Reducing the burden of paying for school will make things easier. Many students get jobs while going to school. Sometimes these jobs don’t pay well and take up a lot of time. Bartending pays more money per hour than most part time college jobs. This means that … Read more

How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job

This is post 3 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” How To Get That First Bartending Job. How to barback your way to head bartender. How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job Bartending school can be a great … Read more

How to barback your way to head bartender.

This is post 2 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” How To Get That First Bartending Job. How to barback your way to head bartender. How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job How to barback your way to head bartender. While working as the barback you need … Read more

How To Get That First Bartending Job.

This is post 1 of 3 in the series “How to Get Your First Bartending Job.” How To Get That First Bartending Job. How to barback your way to head bartender. How to Use Bartending School to Get A Job You can get your first bartending job one of the following ways. 1. Get hired … Read more

Bartending License

There is no such thing as a “Bartending License”. In any state. Have you ever asked how to become a licensed bartender? Some people don’t realize that there is no bartending license. Becoming a bartender doesn’t require some sort of state or national standard. No standardized testing given by the Board of Education is given … Read more

The Most Important People In The Bar?

Who are the most important people in the bar? Usually when people are asked this question they give what they think is the right answer.  The Customer. WRONG. Now this doesn’t mean that the customer isn’t important. Without them you aren’t going to make money. Let me explain. Years ago I tended bar with a … Read more

How To Free Pour and Why You Should.

How To Free Pour and Why You Should. Simply put, it’s when you turn a bottle and let the liquid flow without anything, but you, stopping the pour. There are Measured Bottle Pourers that are often used at bars. These pour a calibrated amount of liquid and automatically stop. Most bartenders hate these because they … Read more

Mixed Drink Ratio

1:3 1 part spirit, 3 parts mixer. This is a good ratio that works for a basic drink like a screwdriver or rum and coke. Glass size is going to be a factor. 8oz glass, fill with ice, 1oz Vodka, 3oz of Orange Juice.   [mc4wp_form]

Bartending School

How to learn bartending without spending hundreds of dollars on bartending school.   “Is it worth it?”   You want to get into bartending but you aren’t sure how. If you’re thinking about going to a school to learn bartending, then you need to thoroughly research that school. If the bartending school comes across as shady … Read more