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What Skills Are Essential for Bartenders Today?

Last updated 5 years ago

To excel in a career as a bartender, you need a variety of skills. Though some people claim that good-looking bartenders make more money (in the form of bigger tips from clients), skills are ultimately the most important factor in a bartender’s success. A friendly, efficient bartender can make more drinks, and thus more tips, than a sloppy, rude, inefficient bartender.

But being efficient requires more than simple pouring skills. A good bartender needs to know the basic recipe for all classic cocktails, such as Manhattans, Martinis, and Margaritas, by heart. He or she also has to have an excellent short-term memory, so that he or she can remember a long list of drink orders on a busy night. Sharp ears are also essential, since a bartender often has to hear a drink order over all the other ambient noise at a restaurant, bar, or club.

At Professional Bartending Schools of America, we equip our students with all the fundamentals they need to perform a job as a bartender, anywhere in the country. Contact us online or call us at (513) 542-3500 to find out more about our classes today.  


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