Being a bartender can be a difficult job at times. But despite its difficulties it can be very rewarding as well. Many people interested in becoming a bartender wonder if they have what it takes to bartend.
Most skills that bartenders posses can be learned. Granted, some bartenders seem to be born this job, but with dedication you too can learn to be a great bartender. Here’s just some traits that will help you in the world of bartending.
The truth is memory will help you. Remembering all those cocktails can be a daunting task. But don’t get to bent out of shape. Remembering drinks is one of the easier parts to bartending. Also, it’s not often that people will be shouting out crazy cocktails that you’ve never heard of.
Generally speaking most cocktails ordered are either off your bar’s menu or very popular like the Long Island Ice Tea, or a Cosmopolitan. Which means of course you’ll have to memorize the popular ones but don’t worry too much about having to remember thousands of cocktails, that’s just unreasonable.
Be a People Person
If you don’t like people don’t become a bartender. Let’s repeat that, if you don’t like people- do not become a bartender! Bartending is one of the most people oriented jobs out there. You will be dealing with people every day and yes you will have to put up with rude, belligerent, and drunk idiots often.
But you will also meet really great and interesting people. Bartending is a service job. Many people think bartenders only mix drinks. That’s not all. A bartenders job is to give great customer service and insure everyone is having a good time. While of course mixing drinks.
If you’re a slob don’t work in a service industry involving food or beverages. Hopefully however you aren’t. Keeping your bar clean is an absolute must. Most people don’t think of a bar as a place that you can get sick from like a dirty kitchen.
But in fact your guests can become ill from ice and garnishes that aren’t handled properly. The bar top is also a breeding ground for germs. Simply put, if you have a little free time from helping customers, clean up a bit.
This kind of goes hand in hand with being a people person. The more social skills you have the better you’ll be as a bartender. You’ll be interacting with people a lot and that’s not a good thing if you’re a complete social dunce and can’t talk to people. Learn the art of conversation.
For more information on social skills check out our how to be a bartender series of articles.
These are just some of the skills that will help you be a bartender. Arguably everyone of them can be learned except being a people person. You can improve your memory, you can work at cleaning, and you can learn how to be a better conversationalist. But you either like people or you don’t. Don’t be worried about what it takes to be a bartender.
With hard work you can become a great bartender. For more information check out our bartending and how to be a bartender section. If your completely new to bartending check out our becoming a bartender section.