Monday, October 12, 2009

Pay Your Dues

Another option to consider when trying to become a bartender is by paying your dues. Paying your dues simply means that you are hired on with a restaurant, (corporate or not) usually as a server and work your way up within the company to become a bartender. By paying your dues you will learn important skills like what it means to provide good customer service, the ability to multitask and think ahead and have the opportunity to work under pressure. All of these skills are a required necessity as a bartender.

In any restaurant, the bartending position is usually the most sought out position. Just like in any other bar or restaurant (corporate or not), the bar is the social epicenter of the house. A few customers may choose to dine at the bar, but a majority of the bar business comes from making drinks for the customers waiting for their tables and making the drinks servers order for their tables. Bartenders generally make more money out of all of the other restaurant positions because they are able to sell more volume and don’t have to travel far in order to take care of their customers like servers do.

Corporate restaurants primarily promote their bartenders from within.


Generic said...

"Bartenders generally make more money out of all of the other restaurant positions ..."


Your average server makes more than your average bartender any day of the week.

Kathleen Neves said...

I think that depends on the type of restaurant you work in. In my experience, in corporate restaurants, the bartenders usually make more than the servers. In restaurants that turn into nightclubs/live music venues after dinner service, the bartenders make more than the servers. In smaller, upscale, fine dining restaurants, the servers can easily make more than the bartenders.

It all depends on where you're working. And there are always special exceptions like overtippers.