6512 Bartenders

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Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and other licensed establishments. Supervisors of bartenders are included in this unit group.

Example Titles

  • bar attendant
  • bar steward
  • bartender
  • head bartender

Main duties

Bartenders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons
  • Mix liquor, soft drinks, water and other ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks
  • Prepare mixed drinks, wine, draft or bottled beer and non-alcoholic beverages for food and beverage servers or serve directly to patrons
  • Collect payment for beverages and record sales
  • Maintain inventory and control of bar stock and order supplies
  • Clean bar area and wash glassware
  • Ensure compliance with provincial/territorial liquor legislation and regulations
  • May train and supervise other bartenders and bar staff
  • May hire and dismiss staff.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of college or other program in bartending or Completion of courses in mixing drinks is usually required.
  • Responsible beverage service certification may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to managerial positions in food and beverage service is possible with experience.

Exclusions