Stirred or Shaken? Not just in James Bond films – but everyday life for bartenders.
The bartender works behind the bar / counter and takes care of the guest’s wellbeing. Its tasks essentially consist of pouring simple soft drinks and drafting beer to preparing and mixing alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Basic wine knowledge should also be present depending on the bar.
Classic cocktails like the Bloody Mary, Manhattan, Sex on the Beach, Mojito, Long Island Ice Tea are by no means everything a bartender should have. The will to mix the perfect drink, to try out new recipes and a high level of creativity should be the demands of every bartender.
Advising guests on the choice of drinks, compliance with hygiene standards and keeping the bar tidy and organized are other tasks of a bartender.
He should have excellent communication skills and small talk shouldn’t be a foreign word for him. The direct and casual contact with the guests is simply part of the job and that is precisely why it is so interesting.
A high sense of responsibility, social skills and a friendly and well-groomed appearance should also be a matter of course.
There is no classic training to become a bartender, but there are countless training and further education offers. In order to work in a good hotel bar with an appealing concept, an apprenticeship in the service area of the hotel and catering industry, as well as several years of professional experience, is an advantage.