Hire a Bartender The Right Way

Hire a Bartender


I know that finding an appropriate bartenders for your restaurant or bar is not an easy job at all. If you’re one of the owners of the restaurant or bar that has a problem with the staff in the bar, this text will help you to identify the advantages and disadvantages of your employees. And if you have the ambition to create professional bartender from amateur this article can serve you as your guide for this adventure!
Possible mission or Mission impossible?


Let’s get one thing straight from the start. If you have a good bartender that you trust that means  you have a real treasure. Not having him it means that you have a big problem and that certain “treasure” lefts out.
How to identify and hire a proper bartender ? What qualities to look for in a potential candidates for this job?


There are a few professional companies around in Dublin offering professional bartender services for hire by the hour/day – find them at http://www.privatewaiter.com and http://www.cocktails.ie


Below is a list with important questions that you can use during interview.

  • What is your experience in the hospitality industry ?
  • What kind of bars you visit in your free time ?
  • Describe the most stressful job you’ve done so far ?
  • Do you play any sports ?
  • If is a large crowd at the bar, in what order you will serve your guests ?
  • Describe the benefits of working in a team and specify your own positive example of teamwork in solving some problem ?
  • How would you know that your guest drank too much alcohol?
  • How would you act if you have a drunk guest who offend you ?
  • Have you ever worked with a professional bartender and whether you are willing to engage in such a training ?

That would be some basic questions that would give you insights in a qualities of your potential bartenders and will help you to get important information about the skills and personalities of your candidates before you hire a bartender.


You Need a Person With Lot of Energy

Your bartender should be a person who can do a marathon job, long distance runner. This means that he or she has enough physical and mental strength that is not easy to ” spend ” while they do such a demanding tasks.

Speed ​​is one of the qualities that is required for good bartenders. People which you may characterize as “slow” do not fit into this job. You do not want to have ” Gustav ” in your bar right? So say goodbye to all cute ” slow motion ” girls and boys. Without speed there is no effectiveness, and that is what we strive for isn’t it ?
Potential candidates who are regularly engaged in some sports activities have vantage. Sport has a positive impact on the physical and mental condition which results with less absence and the best performance of working tasks during the shift .
On the other hand, candidates who smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol and drugs (including beer and marijuana ) will be more susceptible to health problems and frequent absences. Therefore, do not forget to ask candidates about their habits and sports activities during the interview for job.

Communicative Person with Positive Attitude

Bartending can be an ideal job for the right person. For communicative friendly person it represents the perfect blend of fun and profit. If you choose positive friendly person for your barmen this will attract visitors and make them feel welcome, and they will be happy to get back into your restaurant or bar for coffee or glass of wine again.

Communicative person will also easily join to your team in the bar, express his or her opinion, point to potential problems and willingly give some suggestions to solve it. In this way, you will more quickly overcome possible problems and improve overall business.


Skills and Knowledge of Good Bartenders

Dexterity, quickness, multitasking and getting done in a short time requires a good memory and accuracy while respecting the sequence of actions. It seems that the bartender job is very stressful and requires flexibility, calmness and speed in a same time. These are all qualities that we are looking in our future bartender. Sometimes it seems that the task is very difficult, almost impossible, but with good organization and functional teamwork, work will flow seamlessly even for those with less experience. But what kind of the knowledge we are looking for this job?

Knowledge of basic mathematical operations. As the bartender job involves measurement, computation, and operations with money sure that the person who will do this job must be well acquainted with mathematics. The bartender is often cashier which requires working with money, computation and computer skills.


Hire the perfect bartender

Finally, from my own experience I can say that many successful bartenders start as young, inexperienced and quiet but diligent workers who after some period becomes communicative and perfect candidates for this job.

If you want to educate someone from your staff who has potential to become high quality bartender you must know that being a good bartender is not just about bar work, nor is it about being the chillest cocktail bartender on the strip, nor is it about learning everything about spirits, wine and mixology.
If you want to learn your personnel to be a good bartender you need to show him/her how to look for the most important asset in the industry: the customer.
Once you find them, or educate them to become high quality bartenders you should learn how to keep them in your restaurant or bar.