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Find qualified staff for your venue with our bartender job description

Coople’s professional bartenders can fulfill your business needs. We connect you with skilled, flexible workers to carry out a variety tasks, from cleaning glasses and bar utensils to mixing and serving cocktails and interacting with customers.

Making the right hire for your business hinges on crafting a good bartender job description. Our guidelines will help you get started.

Close-up photo of young guy pouring beer behind a bar, the result of a well-written bartender job description

We know that a strong team makes all the difference to your business. You will find the best bartenders for your role if you provide clear, realistic expectations in the job description. Providing the essential information during the hiring process also allows candidates to decide whether this job will be a good fit for them.

A good bartender job description should include the following:

Introduce your establishment

Start your job listing by introducing prospective bartenders to your venue. Describe what makes your particular working environment unique. Think of it as an opportunity to set your establishment apart from the competition by outlining everything you have to offer new hires.

It doesn’t need to be long (a short paragraph will suffice), but it does need to grab the attention of prospective applicants, so make sure it counts.

Bartender job responsibilities 

List the things your new hire will be responsible for in as much detail as possible. That way, applicants will know right away whether the job is a good fit for them or not. For example:

  • Maintaining a clean and sanitary bar area
  • Adhering to proper alcohol handling, sanitation and safety procedures
  • Interacting with customers to receive and prepare orders
  • Serving drinks and making suggestions based on customer tastes and preferences
  • Checking customer identification to ensure they meet the legal drinking age
  • Restocking and replenishing bar inventory
  • Providing first class customer service to ensure an excellent guest experience
  • Ensuring bar services run smoothly when supervisor is absent

If you need more details about the usual bartender profiles, including salaries, we invite you to read the official national descriptions.

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What skills and experience would you like your new hire to possess?

When specific skills and experience are required, you might say:

  • One year minimum of bar or restaurant experience, including drink preparation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in the operation of standard beverage service equipment
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience developing themed drinks
  • Ability to oversee budgets

If you don’t require specific skills or experience you might say:

  • No previous experience needed
  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude
  • Passionate about creating a positive, clean and safe environment for all
  • Self-motivated
  • Adaptable
  • High energy level

Education and certification requirements

Include any additional requirements you may need. For example:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Food and alcohol handling certification
  • Health & safety training
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What should bartending applicants expect and prepare for at your establishment?

It’s also helpful to let prospective applicants know what to expect, so they can be adequately prepared. For example:

  • Specific dress requirements and whether or not a uniform will be provided (provide examples)
  • Notice of potential exposure to harmful substances (e.g. cleaning chemicals)
Close-up photo of young woman pouring a cocktail

Work hours, benefits, etc.

This is a great spot in your bartender job description to discuss your establishment’s working hours and benefits. It’s also the perfect place to mention things like regular events that you host or opportunities to work at other locations. If you offer any unique benefits (free meals, uniforms, transport, etc.) make a point of highlighting them here.

Finish strong

It’s time wrap it up. Now that you’ve convinced the applicant that it’s worth applying, the last thing you want is to lose them due to a confusing application process. Explain clearly what you need from them (CV, certifications, etc.), where they need to send their application (email address, online application form) and who the contact person is.

Providing the correct information in your bartender job description increases your chances that only the right candidates will apply. This will save you time when you make hiring choices. More importantly, when you give our candidates the information they need to succeed, they will be very motivated to do a great job.

Visit our Help Centre to learn more, and set your business on the journey to find the flexible staff you need, without the typical hassles associated with hiring.

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