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Career and Education Opportunities for Bartenders

In general, bartenders mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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Bartender video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Bartenders clean bars and tables. They also take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from customers. Equally important, bartenders have to clean glasses and bar equipment. They are often called upon to attempt to limit problems and liability pertaining to patrons' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading patrons to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated customers. They are expected to collect money for drinks served. Finally, bartenders balance cash receipts.

Every day, bartenders are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.