Bar attendants prepare and mix drinks, serving customers in hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and other licensed entertainment venues.
Duties & Tasks
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
collect payment, operate cash registers and give change
refill drink and cigarette dispensers
collect glasses from tables and place them in glass-washing machines
wipe down tables and empty ashtrays
clean bar service area and polish glasses
arrange bottles and glasses on shelves
assist in the cellar
assist in stock control
maintain workplace hygiene, occupational health and safety, and security procedures.
Bar attendants work in venues that are often busy and noisy. They may have to deal with difficult customers who may be under the influence of alcohol. 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
able to work quickly and efficiently
enjoy working with people
good personal presentation
good cash-handling skills
able to stand for long periods.