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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Personality of a Bartender

A personality lesson A group of six people came into the bar. They were happy, laughing and ready to order some drinks. I sat and watched. The bartender looked up when they walked in, and he looked right back down to finish texting, reading the response, texting again before putting down his phone and approaching […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]