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goofdude



Joined: 18 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:59 pm
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Can anyone give me some tips on how to be a good bartender. I just started a bartending job and would appreciate any help.
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Hawk



Joined: 22 Nov 2004
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Location: Houghton/Hancock MI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:36 pm
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here is the biggest tip i give to all new bartenders WATCH YOUR ASHTRAYS!!!!! that will tell you how long it has been sence you have been in front of that customer i dont like to let more that 2 or 3 buts in a tray plus people tend to equate time with how much they smoke plus they may run out of cigs and then you can sell them a pack.

and remember when you are talking to someone at the bar dont forget to look down the bar to make sure every one is ok dont mind the person talking to you they know that you are there to do a job and they understand its not being impolite you are doing your job and talking.

and relax if it gets really busy and you get overwehlemed one at a time people know you are trying and will be more patient .
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Adonis



Joined: 06 Apr 2006
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Location: Edmonton

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:12 pm
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dear, goofdude.


I am impressed that you had the courage to ask for assistance. I recommend starting with the basics. People will know you are new in your field, specially people in the industry. Most clients will not have a clue though. So, here are some key things you need to have down pat, before serving one drink.

1. Ensure you have a clean & organized bar area

2. Ensure you practice with a bottle and a shooter glass at home so that you DONT SPILL

3. Practice the basic flair moves.

4. know your PRODUCT, study your PRODUCT

5. Understand and respect the laws locally

6. Make sure you bring a POSITIVE Attitude to work

7 SMILE, SMILE, SMILE.

8 Know exactly what you have in your arsenal and more importantly know what you DONT have, because there is nothing more embarrasing that starting a drink like the MAI TAI, only to find out you are short on Dark RUM.


Other than that, its good to see you here, I would like to know where you plan to tend, what city, and who has trained you if anyone.
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LukeDublin



Joined: 17 Sep 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:55 pm
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To add to the above

Be friendly, smile and be polite. Theres nothing worse than a rude bartender. Thank you gos a long way.

Have your bar station fully prepped. You don't want to piss off your fellow bartenders by taking vodka from their station and then when they look for it it's gone, because you weren't prepared.

Know where everything is. This and good prep allows you to have a rhythm and work faster when you're getting slammed.
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