Bartender Job Description

This Bartender sample job description can assist in your creating a job application that will attract job candidates who are qualified for the job. Feel free to revise this job description to meet your specific job duties and job requirements.

Introduction / Job Description

This position plays a major role in a guest’s dinner and/or bar experience. Consistency is a key element in a positive experience, which is achieved by always following recipes. A bartender must be friendly, outgoing and possess good communication skills. A bartender should be organized and able to think and act quickly and effectively while retaining self-composure.

This job operates behind the bar and may be working in close proximity to co-workers. The noise level in the work environment can be loud. Hazards may include but are not limited to, cuts, slipping and tripping.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with others to keep all areas cleaned and stocked to [Company Name]’s standards at all times
  • Mix, garnish and serve alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks for patrons of bar and dining room following standard recipes
  • Ring drink orders into computer immediately, collect money from guests for drinks served and make change
  • Arrange bottles and glasses to maintain an attractive display in agreement with [Company Name]’s standards
  • Wash and sterilize stemware
  • Offer assistance before the guest has to ask for it
  • Count drinks guests are served
  • Place current bar tabs in front of guests at all times
  • Monitor and ensure that no guest receives more than the allowed number of specific drinks
  • Anticipate your guest’s needs. Follow the half-full rule when offering another drink. Be alert of guest signals (raising a hand, making eye contact, etc.), and acknowledge the guest to let them know the bartender will be right with them
  • Serve alcohol responsibly



  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must be able to pass Responsible Service of Alcohol Test with a score of 90% or better
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Prior experience working in a restaurant
  • Basic knowledge of beer, wine and spirits, and familiarity with standard drink recipes
  • Walk and stand during entire shift
  • Be able to lift up to 35 lbs
  • Be able to manipulate fingers, hands and arms to cut, measure, pour, serve, carry and wipe
  • Be able to hear and talk
  • Good close and distance vision and ability to adjust focus between the two



  • Customer Focus
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Organizational Skills
  • Stress Management/Composure
  • Time Management


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