Want to work as a bartender but don’t have any experience? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news for you.



The good news is; landing a job in the service industry is pretty easy. The bad news is; it may not be a bartending job right off the bat. Not to worry though, because we’ve got some tips for breaking into the industry.


Make Friends with Bartenders


By far the most important thing you can do to land yourself a sweet bartending gig is to befriend some bartenders. As with most industries, bars and restaurants are all about nepotism. If someone who likes you knows you need a job, the next time they hear of one they’ll recommend you.

If you don’t have any experience bartending, why not ask a friend if you can train with them? This may not fly in fine dining establishments but I know several dive bars where the bartenders train the occasional newbie.



Act Professional 


Just because bartending is a fun job in environments that are often relaxed and casual doesn’t mean you should be too informal. Bring a resume to interviews, dress professionally, and be on time. It sounds ridiculous, but just these three things will set you apart from the rest.


Hit the Pavement


I’ve gotten two bartending jobs by simply walking in with my resume (during non-busy times of course) and asking if the place is hiring. Yes, this is tedious and time consuming but it can pay off if you’re in the right place at the right time.


Start Small


If you’ve never bartended before you may need to start off in a different position such as barback or hostess. Then when a position opens up, you’ll be there to fill it. Don’t worry, turnover in restaurants tends to be high and an opportunity may arise  sooner than you think..


Skip Bartending School


Bartending school is widely laughed at in the service industry and the things you learn there rarely translate to reality. Instead, focus on getting actual training somewhere. Don’t worry about memorizing a million drinks, that will come with time. Bartending is about being efficient, friendly, and good in a team setting.



Don’t Skip Certifications


Many bars and restaurants require certifications such as a food handler’s license or TIPS certifications. These courses are cheap and not too time-intensive and employers love to see that on a resume

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Being at your local bar may not be what you consider an ideal place to find love. But someone is there who knows a lot when it comes to dating – your bartender. It may be a good idea to get dating advice from the bartender. 


Dating Advice from Bartender


The people serving the drinks sees and hears it all, and knows what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to pick ups and hook ups. Your bartender can be a great resource for getting some dating advice and here’s why.



1. Bartenders work in Dating Hot-Spots


Yes, you may have been in the same bar with the bartender plenty of times. However, the advantage the bartender has is that they are sober while you’re not. They are also there a lot longer and get the chance to see people flirting with and otherwise trying to pick up people all the time. Essentially, they know what works and what doesn’t work. They can tell you the ways to help make sure you don’t go home alone and get the person you are attracted to.  




2.  Bartenders can be Match-Makers



Bartenders know the places to go to find singles.  They might also know a group of people that it might be worth you getting to know and where you could find someone with common interests. They also oftentimes get invited out to exclusive events or after-hours events, of which you may get to hear about by asking them for advice or getting to know them.


3.  Bartenders been on a Few Dates 


In their line of work, bartenders get hit on all the time. As such, they usually have quite a bit of experience under their belt when it comes to dating. As such, they can usually give some sound advice as to what does and doesn’t work when it comes to dating. They may have even gone out with someone who frequents that particular bar which didn’t work out, but they feel might be a good fit for you.




4.  Bartenders are Rockstars 



Asking someone for dating advice is, of course, flattering. So, asking your bartender can help earn you points with them; points which translate to you being prioritized during busy crowds. Getting in good with the bartender is always a good thing which can earn you some benefits. If you build a strong enough rapport, they may even introduce you to one of their own friends or available customers! Again, remember that bartenders run with large social circles, so it’s definitely a possibility!

Sure, you can search the web for dating advice, but most of that is either trying to sell a book, or ends up being things that sound good in theory, but don’t exactly work out the same way in the real world. Bartenders tend to have hands-on experience – something far more valuable than what looks good on paper. So, give it a try! See what advice your local bartender has for you next time you’re out. You just might be surprised.


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We’ve all said some stupid things at the bar, and especially when we’ve had too much to drink. However, your bartender should not be the person you say it to. Know what to say and what to never say to a bartender.


Never Say to Bartender


Being in a bar is one of the major advantages of being an adult.  And bartenders have the benefit of working in these sacred places.  We, the customers must behave like adults and respect these gatekeepers of fun.

Here are a few of the things that your local bartender can tell you they would rather not hear you say.



“Make me a drink.”

– Oh, sure thing.

Bartender: Here’s my favorite, a drink called a Red Devil.

Customer: No I’m allergic to Vodka.

Bartender: Oh, ok.  Here’s a Yuengling.

Customer:  I’m on a diet so beer is out.  What else do you got?

Bartender: How about a mojito?

Customer: Nah I need something a little stronger.

Sure, let me just spend all night trying to figure out what you want instead of you just telling me so I can help other customers.  Make up your mind and stop being so indecisive when you go to the bar.



“I know the owner of this place.”

– Great, so do I.

What’s your point?  If you truly do know the owner, then you know that they have to pay bills just like you and me which means you pay for your drinks just like everyone else.  I’m expected to give you good service, you tip, and everyone has a good night.



“How do you not have …?”

– We are the bartender, not the owner.

We most likely do not know why we do not have what you want.  Even if we do, we have other customers we need to take care of and don’t have time to explain the complex financial decisions that led to the owner/manager deciding to not carry that particular drink in stock.  You’ve been drinking and it’s pretty loud in here so it’s going to be hard for you to hear and comprehend what I am trying to tell you anyway.  So, please just suck it up and pick another drink, okay?




“Make it really strong.”

– Sure, we will go ahead and over-pour and risk our job just for you.

Not a problem.  I mean nobody else wants more for their money, right?  The owner doesn’t have an overhead, right?  Here’s the thing… If you are someone we would be willing to risk our job for by “hooking up,” you wouldn’t need to ask us for the favor, not to mention you would respect us enough not to put us in the awkward situation by asking us to do so for you.  We have set standards as far as how much we pour and our jobs depend on our accuracy and reliability.



“What’s cheap here?”

– What this translates to us is “for future reference, avoid serving this person like the plague, because my tips, if any, are going to be horrible.”

We get it, you’re on a budget.  However, what is “cheapest” may not be what you like to drink, nor have we memorized the prices of every single drink we have.  The safe bet is to order a draft beer which is cheaper than the bottle, then mixed drinks and wines coming in last.  Please DO NOT expect us to go over to the touch-screen and look at several drink prices for you while we are attempting to serve other people.



“Can I get your phone number?”

– Sure, let me go ahead and give a stranger here at my workplace my number.

What possibly could go wrong with that?  I give you my number and if things don’t work out, every time you come to the bar, we get to awkwardly see each other every time!  If you really want to get to know the bartender, instead of asking for our phone number, give us yours.  Don’t ask us if we want it, just write down your name, put it on a piece of paper, and give it to us.  If for some reason you caught our interest, you’ll hear from us.  If you never hear from me, understand this is where I do my business, not pick up dates.  


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Have you ever just sat back and observed the different personalities that come in the bar? People are fascinating and when alcohol is involved they become even more so. From the hip, trendy bar customers to the every day regulars, there is never a dull moment at the bar. 


Bar Customers


Here are 7 different types of bar customers.


The Sophisticated Drinker


These bar goers are usually easy to spot. Their high-end clothes and trendy personalities usually shine through. A sophisticated drinker is typically into top of the line drinks like scotch, bourbon or dirty vodka martinis. However, they also may like a good red wine or a craft stout beer. Bartenders seem to like a sophisticated drinker.

It always impressed them when you order a good, classy drink. So, if you want to score points with your bartender, order their favorite scotch on the rocks or a gin and tonic. But a word of caution, being a sophisticated drinker is not cheap. It costs money to sling back those expensive drinks all night.


The Manly Drinker


A manly drinker is your beer drinker that frequents bars during big sports games or any other big event. Typically he never drinks alone. A manly drinker will have three to five of his buddies or co-workers with him. Drinking for them is so much more fun when you have buddies with you.

The manly drinkers will most likely hog one side of the bar or a pool table, but preferably they will be on the side of the room where they can see a television. In the eyes of a manly drinker nothing is better than a cold beer and big game. It doesn’t matter what type of beer they are drinking, as long as it is beer. Occasionally, when the game is going well they may order a round of shots.


The Lover of Wine


These are most oftenly beautiful ladies who have a good palate and a taste for high-end drinks. There are three different types of wine lovers:The Red Wine Drinker: The red wine drinker typically will only like deep red, full body wines. They seem to have a passion for life and are very loyal to their friends.

-----The Red Wine Drinker: The red wine drinker typically will only like deep red, full body wines. They seem to have a passion for life and are very loyal to their friends.

-----The White Wine Drinker: The white wine drinker is usually a somebody who just started to take an interest in wine or the girl who is mainly likes sweet drinks. This wine lover is a lot of fun to hang out with and a bit of flirt.

-----The Wine Connoisseur: Now the wine connoisseur is a true wine drinker who will order a fine wine regardless if it’s red or white. This type of wine drinker knows what goes into a great wine and will test your knowledge of the wine.Also, The wine connoisseur has a great palate and knows what he or she likes.

No matter what type of lover of wine a person is, one thing is for sure they tend to enjoy the finer things in life and they tend to not rush through life haphazardly.





The Shot Master


This type of bar goer loves to have shots. It doesn’t matter what the shot is. He or she is a thrill seeker and knows the fastest way to a buzz is a by downing few shots. The shot master is always the life of the party. They love anything from Irish Car Bombs to a shot of Jack or even the popular Jaegar bomb. You have to watch out for these guys though, like that saying goes,‘1 tequila, 2 tequila, floor’, too many shots can mean trouble.


The Girlie Drinker


The girlie drinker is your average woman who likes a good daiquiri, margarita or a good mixed drink. Many of these drinkers love their vodka and red bulls or Tequila Sunrises. These are usually the fun ladies at the bar and can typically be found in the corner surrounded by 6 or 7 of their closest friends, giggling and having a good old time.


The Big Spender


This guy is usually harder to spot in crowd, at first. He tends to blend in well and starts out drinking slowly. However, after a few drinks he starts buying rounds for everyone while he flaunts his money. He quickly can become the life of the party until his money runs out. This is the guy you want to be friends with, because everyone likes free drinks.


The Drunk


This is a bartender’s least favorite customer because they know sometime by the end of the night they will be babysitting this bar goer. The drunk has no real preference to what he is drinking as long as he is drinking. As a drunk starts drinking they got louder and more rambunctious. They eventually lose all ability to think with common decency and will hit on anything in a 5-mile-radius.Often times they can become argumentative and start fights. Beware of the drunk. He could be a regular or he could be the new guy, you never know. Either way his nights always end in disaster.

Bars are filled with many different personalities. This is the reason why bartending is such an interesting job. Everyday you get to meet people, with different personalities, preferences and experiences. Everyday is a new, interesting day as a bartender. 


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In the service industry your coworkers are everything. They are your friends and family; the people you spend the most time with every week. They are your outlet for stress and your shoulder to lean on.


horrible coworker


Most of the ride-or-die friends are people you met while serving or bartending. They are a diverse group of wonderful individuals who have make life worth living. However, not every coworker will be so great.

Sometimes you come across that one person who can completely change the environment in a room and just make everybody miserable. Maybe they’re always grumpy and complaining or just downright rude and obnoxious.  Here are some tips for how to deal with that one employee that every restaurant seems to have.





Don’t Indulge Them


A little server-to-server venting is always great.  However, as soon as you walk in for your shift you don’t want to be met with a barrage of complaints and gossip.

One very effective way I’ve found to deal with someone like this is to simply walk away.  Make a polite response and a quick exit.  Over time, hopefully they’ll get the hint that you’re not the person to go to with every little gripe.


If They’re Rude to You, Call Them On It (Politely)


A little snap here and there isn’t necessarily cause for concern.  But, if someone is overly mean or bullies you time and time again, you don’t have to stand for it.

Try to tell them you’re unhappy by using “we” phrases that diffuse the blame so they don’t feel attacked.  Go for something like, “Hey, I know that sometimes we get really stressed and are mean to each other but let’s try not to do that so much.”  Or, “I really love being your friend, but it bothered me when you said XYZ.”

Most people avoid conflict at all costs, so a lot of times bullies will back right down if they see you’re willing to have a discussion.


Don’t Gang up on Them


It can be tempting to enlist your other coworkers in the battle against The Awful One, but you should resist.  If coworker A feels like everyone’s talking behind their back and deliberately excluding them from things, it’s not great incentive to change is it?

Try and stay professional and resist throwing shade.  “Kill them with kindness” sounds cliché, but by rising above the situation, you can encourage them to do the same.


Practice a Little Bit of Introspection


While we’re not saying this is your fault, a little self-examination never hurt anyone.  Is there something you could be doing that triggers your menacing coworker?  Why not ask them?  Try, “Hey it seems like it really bothers you when I don’t restock the fruits.  I’ll try and be better about that.”

Also, sometimes that horrible coworker may be dealing with a problem that you know nothing about, making them extra sensitive.  While you don’t have to listen to them complain about inane things, sometimes the issue might go a bit deeper than you think.




Go to Your Boss


While not all situations necessarily merit manager interference, some do.  If someone is constantly harassing you or hasn’t responded to any attempts at informal conflict resolution, it may be time to go get the boss.

Having difficult coworkers is the reality of any job, but if you feel a line has been crossed, tell someone. This is always a better option than gossiping about the individual.

Remember, you deserve a safe and harassment free work environment!  Always ask for help if you need it.


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I’m sure we’ve all been in those situations where we’ve seen unruly behavior at a bar. And you watch the bartenders suffer through it all. If you are a newbie and not sure of the proper conduct to follow. Here are 5 things that you don't ever do at the bar.


.Don't Ever Do These 5 Things at the Bar



Beg for Drinks at Closing Time



There’s a reason why it’s called closing time. That means that the bar is done for the night.  While you are leaving the bar at 3am, the bartenders and other staff have to stick around for an hour or so. They are left cleaning up and stocking the supplies for the next day. So don’t be that unruly person who begs for more drinks when it's time to go.



Make a Mess



Don’t be the person that rips up coasters and labels and leave scraps all over the floor. This is just extra trash the bartenders have to clean up at the end of the night. Be respectful of the bar and remember that it is a work establishment, not your living room.



Throw Money



Don’t be the person tossing money or your ID on the bar.  Making it rain may work at the strip club, but not at the bar.  If the bartender has their hand out to accept your money or ID, do not be a jerk and throw them onto the bar. For one it is very rude and disrespectful to the bartender. And two you will probably have to wait a very long time for your drinks to arrive.


Make your Drinks Stronger



Listen, do not tell your bartender that your drinks are not strong enough. Mixing drinks is all about ratios and if your drink is not up to your standards, it probably means that the bar has pre-specific liquor amounts to use on a particular drink. If you find that you would like your drink stronger ask for a ‘double’ which means you will have to pay extra for it.


Use your Glass as a Trash Can



Please do not put your trash in your glass. I know some people who do this thinking it will make things easier for the bartender to clean up. But it actually makes it more difficult. Someone has to take the time and effort to scrap your old food and napkins/coasters/paper out of the glass. So please just remember that the next time you try to help, you’re making it worse.

You have to remember that a bar is a place of work not your living room and that the staff are employees not your servants. Treat the bartenders with the respect they deserve, be kind and courteous, don’t become too intoxicated, and know what it is you want to order. If you are new to the bar scene, just remember these few things of what not to do and you should be able to have an enjoyable night.



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Do you love mixing drinks for people and showing off in the kitchen? 


Love Mixing Drinks


Do you enter a bar and find yourself wishing you were the one sliding perfectly-filled-to-the-brim beers across the counter one after another, no skill involved?

If you answered with a proud “hell yeah,” then it sounds to me like you’re thinking of becoming a bartender.

But what exactly do you have to do to become one (other than pray you get hired)? While no formal education or certification is required to perform the job, aspiring bartenders must be knowledgeable about both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, as well as learn how to cater to a variety of customers.

Still interested in the job? Let’s take a look at some easy ways to prepare yourself for a bartending position. Oh, and don’t stress out—none of these require you to fork out money for a training program.


Step 1: Be an Extrovert


First things first, you can’t expect to become an awesome bartender without developing a seriously awesome personality. Now, don’t try to change what makes you you; instead, focus on honing your gregariousness. Go out often, whether it’s to bars, restaurants or that crappy nearby mall. Make goals to converse with new people every day (and by converse, I mean saying something besides “hey”). The more comfortable and friendly you are with strangers, the more likely future customers will fall in love with your laid-back attitude.


Step 2: Research Drink Recipes


Good bartenders don’t just know drinks—they live and breathe them. And the best way to become an alcohol connoisseur is by setting aside time to study the culinary-like skills of taste, balance and presentation. You don’t have to sign up for a course either; just hop online for a drink recipe, buy the ingredients and start practicing at home. Eventually, your friend group will be nicknaming you “that guy/girl who makes really good drinks.”


Step 3: Go to Bars


A simple but often overlooked asset, bar-going experience will give you a practical overview of what bartending encompasses during a typical work shift. Make sure to visit bars at all times of day, too—twilight, happy hour, 10:06 in the morning. You’ll start to see when you can expect certain types of customers and what kind of personas work best with whom.



Step 4: Become a Night Owl


Not all bartending positions will require you to work super late into the night, but most will necessitate some night-owl-like habits, especially if you’re planning to work at nightclubs or popular party destinations. In other words, if you’re a morning person, start sleeping in!


Step 5: Gain Customer Service Experience


I know not everyone wants to hear this, but getting a part-time retail gig is a good indicator of whether you’ll be able to handle the customer service aspect of bartending. Some people forget bartending isn’t all just about making fancy drinks and whipping them out faster than lightning. What it’s really about is creating a good atmosphere. Your face is what people will associate with that particular bar, so smile, enforce the rules and be polite at all times. And when you finally become a bartender, top off your skills by being able to make one hell of a margarita.


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In the bartending game, tips aren't everything although that's how so many approach the profession.  In order to have massive success, you have to focus on a long-term strategy. 


You’re either a bartender or looking to become one right?  And you’re just checking to see if you already do these things or trying to figure ways to get better.  This kickass list is simple and straight to the point sharing ways to nail bartending.



Everyone thinks being a bartender is all about fast cash, and a lot of it is. But, when the IRS comes calling, we pay and we pay big.


Bartenders and Taxes


For many of us, April 15 th looms like a giant question mark in our minds.

What will we owe? Will our tax bill wipe out our (sometimes measly) savings accounts?

The thing is, bartenders and servers rely almost solely on their tips, often all of which are received in cash. Our checks are then taxed and depending on how much of your tips your employer is claiming, they can amount to literally nothing. I’m talking voided checks or or ones worth pennies.

So, to help all those hospitality workers out there, here are some things you should know about your taxes.




What I Should Report?


bartender taxes


Most likely your employer is reporting your tips for you and taking the requisite taxes out of your hourly paycheck.  However, your stingy hourly rate may not be enough to cover the taxes on your tips.  This is why most of us owe the tax man come filing time.

Technically you should be reporting all of your tips, cash and credit card.  Some restaurants fudge this information as conventional wisdom has it that the IRS assumes you’re only making 8% of your sales in tips. However, this isn’t exactly the case. Following this advice could leave you at risk for an audit, especially if you’re claiming something below this threshold.

It is always wise to claim all of your tips; you’ll be thankful later when you’re not getting audited. Here is the IRS page about tip reporting.


What Can I Write Off?


bartender server taxes


Tip Outs

One major piece of advice we have for tipped workers is to keep careful track of what you’re tipping out to busboys, service bartenders, etc.  If this isn’t being factored into how your employer claims your income, you could end up owing more then you should.  You aren’t required to claim money you didn’t receive. So, have a chat with your manager about whether they’re claiming your income before or after your tip outs.

Your Uniform

If your employer doesn’t reimburse you for uniforms and shoes, you can and should write them off. Be sure to keep all of your receipts just in case.  If you buy your uniforms from your restaurant or bar, just ask them to make you out a simple receipt.  As long as they are required for the job and unsuitable to be worn outside of work (I’m looking at you, khaki Polos), you can write them off.

Any Extra Training or Classes

Did you have to get a food handler’s certificate or become TIPS certified to keep your job?  If so, save those receipts and write those babies off!

Credit Card Processing Fees

Although rare, if your owner is passing on the cost of accepting credit cards to you, you can write off the processing fees as an expense when you file your taxes.  Consult the IRS or a tax professional for more information on write-offs.


My Paycheck is Confusing, Help Me


bartender taxes server taxes


Firstly, find out what tax bracket you fall into by looking at your paycheck and extrapolating it for the entire year.  While this may vary, it should give you a good idea of how much you’ll be claiming. Remember, you’re looking at your “Total Pay”, not your “Net Pay” which is only what you’re taking home in your check.

Next, check out the tax rates in your area since you’re expected to pay the Federal government as well as the state.  This will help you understand what percentage of your income the IRS expects you to pay.

There are plenty of resources and tax calculators to help you out with this. While we don’t recommend taking these as gospel truth, it’s really nice to know the general amount you need to be socking away for taxes. If you often get voided checks from your establishment, there may be a shortfall. This means you will owe money because your hourly rate is not enough to cover the taxes on your tips.





How Should I Budget for Taxes?


bartender taxes server taxes


The general rule of thumb is to allocate 10-15% of what your total pay is every week for taxes.  If you get into the habit of doing this, and placing it into a separate account, you won’t even miss that money.  Then when it’s time to pay up, you have what you need (hopefully) ready to go.  While this is obviously not foolproof, it’s a good start and if you have money left over after paying the IRS, hallelujah!

We hope this article helps you figure everything out. However, we are neither lawyers nor tax accountants so you should always seek professional advice if you have any questions about your taxes.



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