Bartending can be a fun and lucrative profession. But before you become a master mixologist, you have to survive your first time behind the bar. And while this may seem like quite the daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. This is as long as you follow our advice.

Tips for your 1st time tending Bar

  1. Be Professional: Remember, you represent your employer. Don’t do anything that would reflect poorly on the bar or restaurant you work for. If you do, you probably won’t be working for that bar or restaurant much longer.
  2. Card Everyone: Does this person look like they are under 21? Card them. Does that person look like they are over 21? Card them. Heck, even if someone looks like they are in their 30s or 40s, don’t hesitate to card them. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Pay Attention to Inebriation: Don’t over serve. If someone looks to be too inebriated, cut them off.
  4. Never Serve an Inferior Drink: As a bartender, you are only as good as the drinks you mix. So ask your patrons how their drink is. Feedback is always constructive…even if it’s bad.
  5. If there is Time to Lean, there is Time to Clean: You should always be moving. If you have time to relax, you have time to clean the bar or the glassware.
  6. Wear Comfortable Shoes: As a bartender, you are always on your feet. So make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
  7. Relax: One of the best parts of being a bartender is how fun the job can be. Don’t get overwhelmed. Relax and enjoy yourself!

Happy Bartending!

If you have any questions about Bartending Tips or wish to register for an upcoming class, please contact the Maryland Bartending Academy by calling 410-787-0020 or visit today!

Maryland Bartending Academy is not only Maryland’s oldest bartending school, but we also offer the most comprehensive curriculum around. We will have you ready for your new career in two weeks and then we will help you find bartender jobs around Maryland and DC! We have trained and placed thousands and thousands of bartenders into some of the busiest bars throughout not only Maryland and DC, but also the entire nation.

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