The often forgotten basics of being a bartender

The often forgotten basics of being a bartender

Bartending may seem like an easy job to those who equate it to pouring drinks and a knowledge of the various alcohols. However, in order to be a good bartender, there are other aspects which need mastering. The first of these is people skills. This is not something everyone inherently has, but it is a necessity to be good at this job. This is especially true as each shift may present challenges as you never know what to expect from an inebriated stranger. No matter what goes down, you still need to be able to keep calm and deal with every situation in a professional manner.

The second often forgotten skill any good bartender needs is the ability to mix cocktails correctly. It might sound like a simple task, but there is a reason “mixology” is a profession: It’s not that easy and it’s extremely important. Most bars are willing to train bartenders in this department, but as a bartender you should make the effort to educate yourself on mixing cocktails. These two tips may sound either obvious or unnecessary, but both separate the good bartenders from the average and could put you ahead of the game, which only adds to your success.