Every week we comb through the news to find employment trends affecting the hospitality industry so you don’t have to. This week’s Hospitality in the News topic: how to become a bartender with no experience. 

Working as a bartender is a great opportunity for job seekers who are personable, detail oriented, and enjoy a fast-paced environment. As a bartender, you can work at a variety of venues that include: 

  • Hotels 
  • Restaurants 
  • Catering/banquet events 
  • Bars 
  • Corporate events 
  • Concessions 

This position is crucial for creating an amazing experience for guests. Whether you’re working with a full-service bar or serving beer + wine at an event, being a bartender can help you bring in the big bucks and have some fun while doing it.  

But if you’ve never worked as one before, you might be wondering how to become a bartender with no experience. Here’s everything you need to know.  

How to Become a Bartender with No Experience 

Learn about positions responsibilities + requirements  

If you’ve never worked as a bartender before, you may be unsure about what the position requires besides making drinks. By learning about the position, you won’t be surprised by the responsibilities when looking for a job. You can expect to maintain cleanliness of the bar, keep it stocked, break down/set up the bar, and other duties as assigned by your manager.  

When thinking about how to become a bartender, one thing to consider is getting certified in the safe service of alcohol. This certificate is often required by bar managers and shows you’re committed to keeping patrons safe. Learn more here 

Familiarize yourself with techniques and lingo 

On the rocks, neat, chilled, what exactly do these phrases mean? Knowing common techniques and lingo can make you more efficient at bartending. Especially since the environment is so fast paced and often involves multi-tasking. Not only that, but bartending (especially craft cocktail mixology) is considered an art – which means there’s a right and wrong way to do things. As you get started in the industry, it’s important to create consistent practices to set yourself up in the future.  

Brush up on classic cocktails 

Classics are classics for a reason. There are some go-to drinks you just need to know how to make. Here are 18 popular cocktails you should feel comfortable creating. Don’t forget to brush up on your beer and wine knowledge too! 

Understand you may need to start small 

Experts in any field will tell you that you have to (metaphorically) pay your dues by starting small. For bartenders, this may be by working a few shifts as a barback or beer + wine bartender, or possibly other hospitality positions. Look at this as information gathering; you can take the time to learn about other aspects of the bar or restaurant. And knowledge is power. 

Make industry connections 

Connections can help you learn about new jobs, share advice, and grow your skills. Think about your network of family and friends. Is there anyone that’s working a job you’d enjoy or knows someone who does? Don’t hesitate to reach out to people who can help you succeed. 

Start looking for bartender gigs 

Now that you’ve learned how to become a bartender with no experience it’s time to get out there and find the perfect job! Make sure you let your personality and dedication shine to show you’re right for the position.  

One easy way to grow your skills and gain experience is by working for a staffing firm like LGC. We’ll set you up with great bartending gigs around your city. Contact us today to learn more!