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Bartender Bartender Description From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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bartender (also barkeeper, barkeep, barman, barmaid, or tapster, among other names) is a person that serves beverages behind a bar in a bar, pub, tavern, or similar establishment. This typically includes alcoholic beverages of some kind, such as beer, wine and cocktails, as well as soft drinks or other non-alcoholic beverages. A bartender, in short, "tends the bar". A bartender may own the bar or may be an employee. The term barkeeper may carry a connotation of being the bar's owner.

In addition to their core beverage-serving responsibility, bartenders also:

In establishments where cocktails are served, bartenders are expected to be able to mix hundreds to thousands of different drinks.

A mixologist is bartender or other person who specializes in the creation of cocktail recipes. The term usually implies special expertise and professionalism.

Bartenders also usually serve as the public image of the bar they tend, contributing to as well as reflecting the atmosphere of the bar. In some establishments focused strictly on the food, this can mean the bartender is all but invisible. On the other extreme, some establishments make the bartender part of the entertainment, expected perhaps to engage in flair bartending or other forms of entertainment, such as those exemplified in the films Cocktail and Coyote Ugly. Some bars might be known for bartenders who serve the drinks and otherwise leave a patron alone, while others want their bartenders to be good listeners and offer counseling (or a "shoulder to cry on") as required. Good bartenders help provide a steady clientele by remembering the favored drinks of regulars, having recommendations on hand for local nightlife beyond the bar, or other unofficial duties. They are sometimes called upon for answers to a wide variety of questions on topics such as sports trivia, directions, or the marital status of other patrons.
In regions where tipping is the norm, bartenders depend on tips for most of their income. Bartenders are also usually responsible for confirming that customers are of the legal drinking age before serving them alcohol.


In the United Kingdom, bar work is not generally regarded as a long-term profession, but more often as a second occupation, or transitional work for students to gain customer experience or to save money for university fees. As such, it lacks traditional employment protections and therefore has a high turnover.

 

The high turnover of staff due to low wages and poor employee benefits results in a shortage of skilled bartenders. Whereas a career bartender would know drinks recipes, serving techniques, alcohol contents, correct gas mixes, licensing law and often share cordial relationships with frequent customers (known as "regulars" in some parts of the world), short term staff lack these skill sets. Some pubs and bars prefer more experienced staff, although chains tend to accept inexperienced staff subsequent to in-house training.



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