At 7/7/12 09:24 AM, Will wrote:
I'm going to work at a friends bar, any general tips for a barman?
Welcome to the club. Depending on the type of bar I'd have different advice, so I'll assume you work at a country western bar that's a high volume place on the weekends, and more of a tavern on weekdays ha ha.
For getting tips, always ask if they want doubles. Most people tip the change so if it's 4.50 for a hi-ball, you'll be getting 50 cents. They get a double it's $9 and you get a dollar.
Also try and push shots if it's slow with this simple line "How about some shots to get this party started?"
Some simple flairtending tricks are a bonus too. Jagerbombs, are a popular drop shot, so I do this little trick when I'm pouring the Red Bull.
And another one, what drinks must I know how to pour?
Every bar is different, but for the most part people will tell you what they want. Vodka Sprite, Rye Ginger, Rum & Coke.
Some popular shots in the past I've served are Burt Reynolds which is Spiced Rum and Butter Ripple schnapps, Bottle Caps which are Cherry Whisky, Root Beer Schnapps, and Blue Curacao dropped into Sprite and Bar Lime mix.
One of my personal creations is Melon liqueur and Raspberry Sour Puss dropped into Sprite with a touch of Lime Mix. As a bonus it can also be made into a cocktail.
One more tip, try and remain as professional as possible. Keep a hot moist towel at the ready so that you can clean the bar top, nobody likes leaning on the bar and getting sticky.
Try and be prepared too, before we had Spiced Rum on the gun, I'd have to run to the back display countless times to grab the bottle, or if we ran out to the off-sales, or worse yet downstairs. It's a real piss off for the customer when you take a minute to grab something. I finally got wise and made sure we had three of them ready to go before it got busy.