Bar attendants prepare and mix drinks, serving customers in hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and other licensed entertainment venues.
You can work as a bar attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a bar attendant through a traineeship in Hospitality. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Bar attendants may perform the following tasks:
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.
Bar attendants work in hotels, bars, restaurants, cafÃ©s, clubs, recreation and convention centres and other licensed entertainment venues. As turnover is relatively high, there is generally a constant demand to replace those leaving the job. Bar attendants who have undertaken training or are experienced are highly regarded by employers. In larger establishments, bar attendants with experience and qualifications may progress to supervisory or management positions.
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.