Bartender Kaitiaki Pae Inu

Bartenders prepare and serve drinks in bars, restaurants and clubs.

Bartenders may do some or all of the following:

  • make, serve, and take orders for drinks
  • clean and tidy the bar area
  • check customers' identification for proof of legal drinking age
  • handle cash, EFTPOS and other payments
  • collect and wash glasses
  • operate and monitor gaming machines
  • ensure that customers don't drink too much (host responsibility)
  • help prepare and serve food.

Bar Manager

To become a bar manager you need to be at least 20 years old, hold a Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) and a Manager's Certificate, both of which are administered by ServiceIQ.

Physical Requirements

Bartenders need to have:

  • good hearing
  • strong arms as they may have to lift heavy cases of drink
  • a reasonable level of stamina as they may be on their feet for long periods.

Bartenders also need to be comfortable working in confined spaces.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for bartenders includes work in customer service, particularly as a waiter/waitress, or experience serving drinks.

Personal Qualities

Bartenders need to be:

  • friendly and polite
  • mature and honest
  • adaptable
  • able to concentrate for long periods
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to use initiative
  • able to follow instructions
  • good at maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for bartenders includes work in customer service, particularly as a waiter/waitress, or experience serving drinks.

Bartenders can earn around $19-$21 per hour per year.

Bartenders may progress to work as bar or duty managers.

Bartender

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