Choosing Your Venue: Find The Bartending Job That's Best For
What Bar, Club, or Restaurant Fits You Best?
When you decide to go out and find that perfect bartending job, make
sure that it actually is a perfect bartending job for you. The important part of this idea is that it
is perfect for YOU. If you end up working in a venue that you hate, many of the benefits of becoming a
bartender in the first place cease to exist.
The first rule that I always have followed is never work in a venue that you wouldn't
go to and hang out at with friends. If you totaly hate the theme/music of the bar you work in you
are never going to be happy there. Customers are going to pick up on this and, like it or not, your
tips will reflect it as well.
What's right for you:
Bars - When I say bars I'm refering primarily to a pub or
corner type bar. When you work in these places you probably aren't going to be challenged all that much
and you probably won't make the ammount of money as the bartender who is working at the newest club. Bars are
a good place to learn since they are not generally all that fast paces and the drink orders dont get too
extravagent. If you enjoy spending a lot of time talking to customers and building a base of regulars, than
these types of bars might be a good place to work.
Restaurants - Restaurants can be a lot of work depending
on where you work. Most restaurants will make the bartender learn the entire menu along with specialty drinks
served only at that restaurant. You also spend a good deal of your time at the service bar at most
restaurants. This means that you wont spend a lot of time dealing with customers and if thats what you like
restaurants may not be for you. Ive also found that the money is not all that great unless you work at an
upscale restaurant of some kind or a restaurand that has a nightclub atmosphere after dining
Clubs - The nightclubs are where most bartenders would
prefer to work. The money is great, you are right in the middle of the party, and you're always a VIP at the
other area clubs. The downside is that a lot of bartenders just don't have what it takes to work in this fast
paced environment. If you are able to get in a situation where you are able to work in a nightclub make sure
it is a place you can handle. Don't go out and get a job at the newest techno club if you know that techno
gives you a pounding headache the second its turned on.
Lounges - Im taliking about a cigar lounge in a restaurant
where you don't need to deal with food, a martini bar, or any type of upscale VIP type venue. To work in a
lounge like this you will need to be very professional and extremely proficient. Generally this type of venue
will attract a high class clientele which means big tips. Some people find these places to be a bit boring
but there is a lot of money to be made.
Different Venues are right for different bartenders. Make sure that you choose that
one that fits you best.
You may also be interested in the ebook "How To Land A Bartending
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