Bartender (Barman)

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A bartender is a catering employee who is responsible for pouring and possibly mixing drinks. As a bartender, you can work within different types of catering establishments, so the substantive activities can differ per catering establishment. The profession of bartender should in most cases be seen as a combined function, because a bartender is generally not solely responsible for pouring drinks. In general, a bartender is also responsible for creating the right ambiance in the catering establishment. The core task of a bartender is to serve guests by pouring drinks. A bartender can pour drinks directly to the guests or give the drink to a waiter or waitress, who then serve the drinks to the guests, depending on the type of catering establishment or party. In order to serve guests in a good way, it is important that the bartender has knowledge of the most common drinks and cocktails. In addition to offering drinks, the bartender generally also ensures that a snack is ready for the guests in time. Because a bartender can be expected to have a professional attitude, a good bartender will also ensure that guests do not get too drunk and the bartender will not serve drinks to young people. Other names for bartender can also be bartender, tapper or donor. The profession of bartender should also be seen as fairly general, because a bartender can work within various catering establishments. Working in a canteen as a bartender cannot simply be compared to working in a pub or discotheque as a bartender. The substantive activities as a bartender can also differ per catering establishment.‎

‎A bartender is therefore behind the bar and in most cases also has to deal with ‎‎waiters‎‎, such as waiters and waitresses. This can of course differ per catering establishment. An important part of a bartender's job is usually being able to work smoothly, because it can often be busy at a bar. Especially within the traditional pubs and entertainment centers it can be extremely busy, so the bar staff have to ‎‎work‎‎ hard to be able to serve all guests. Especially when it is busy, people can often become impatient and a bartender will have to deal with this in a good way. A cheerful bartender who understands his profession contributes in an important way to the turnover of the catering establishment in question, because then more drinks will be drunk and people will also stay longer.‎


‎Working as a bartender appeals to many people, because it can be seen as a social profession where you will get to know many different people. However, working as a bartender can be regarded as heavy work, because a bartender will generally work until the late hours. Even when the catering facility will close, it is customary that the staff will first ‎‎clean‎‎ the catering facility before the working day is over. This means in most cases ‎‎mopping the floor‎‎, cleaning the bar and washing the ‎‎dishes‎‎. To be able to work as a bartender, no specific training is generally required, but the profession of bartender must suit you. As a bartender, it is very important to be flexible and that you are cheerful.‎


‎Unfortunately, it often happens that problems arise in a bar or pub. This is something that the bartender should be well aware of. Identifying problems in time and intervening on them can prevent many problems. For example, a bartender may ‎‎choose to stop‎‎ serving drunk guests alcoholic beverages or to turn on ‎‎security‎‎. A bartender will have to deal with many different people within his work, which can sometimes be difficult.‎


‎Who exactly a bartender will work with can differ per type of catering establishment, because bars do not all work in the same way. Within restaurants, in most cases, a bartender will work with ‎‎waiters‎‎, waiters, and ‎‎waitresses‎‎ who take the guests' orders. ‎‎ In that case, the bartender himself will have less contact with the guests. If we are talking about a traditional pub or discotheque, the bartender will take the orders himself and serve the drink directly to the guests. When it comes to large parties, a bartender can also be dependent on ‎‎glass collectors‎‎ who pick up the empty glasses so that there are enough glasses.‎


‎Before the 16th century there were actually no cafes. In these times one only had ‎‎inns‎‎ or lodgings where one could have a bite to eat and a drink. Only when coffee came to Europe in the 17th century did so-called ‎‎coffee houses‎‎ arise. In the 19th century, the brown pub as we still know it today originated from this. For every age or every kind of person there is nowadays a café where you can enjoy yourself.‎


  • ‎A ‎‎snack bar‎‎ where you can also have a bite to eat in the early evening‎
  • ‎A karaoke bar where you can also sing on the basis of image and text‎
  • ‎A country bar decorated in a Wild West style‎
  • ‎A tiki bar that presents itself as an exotic bar where people drink a lot of ‎‎cocktails‎
  • ‎A student café where many students come‎
  • ‎An après-ski hut where the feeling of ‎‎winter sports‎‎ is recreated‎
  • ‎A dance café where people can ‎‎dance‎
  • ‎A brown café that is often old-fashioned decorated with lots of wood‎
  • ‎An irish-pub where the Irish style is imitated‎



‎Those who want to follow a training to become a bartender can go to the bartender school in Amsterdam. During the training you will learn everything about the profession of bartender in four weeks. During the training, students learn everything to work as a bartender. When the course is successfully completed, you will receive the EBS certificate, with which you can go to many different types of companies. It is possible that a bartender does not have a suitable hospitality education at all, because the profession of bartender is also fairly popular among students, who just want to earn some extra money. In that case, a new bartender or bartender will in most cases be trained by experienced colleagues, who can be seen as ‎‎a teacher‎‎. As a bartender, it is not necessary that you have a recognized education, because actually anyone can work as a bartender or as a bartender. In addition, there are also plenty ‎‎of external training institutes‎‎ where you can follow a course. Accounting is ‎‎also‎‎ important as an entrepreneur.‎


‎A bartender works within the hospitality sector, which can relate to various types of catering ‎‎establishments‎‎ such as pubs, ‎‎beach bars‎‎, ‎‎restaurants‎‎, ‎‎hotels‎‎, ‎‎discotheques‎‎ and tents during events. As a bartender you can actually work anywhere where drinks are served. As a bartender, it can also happen that you do not work full-time, because quite a lot of bar staff work ‎‎part-time‎‎. This is especially the case within discotheques and pubs, which will not be open all day. In addition, a bartender can sometimes be regarded as a ‎‎canteen employee‎‎.‎


‎As a bartender, it is important that you radiate pleasure during work, and serve customers in a smooth and fun way. Yet working as a bartender also has its serious sides. For example, drunk guests or too young guests ‎‎do not‎‎ give you drinks. As a bartender, you pay close attention to any abuses and call in help if necessary. As a bartender, the workload can usually be high on an evening, and it seems that everyone wants to have drinks at the same time. In that respect, it can therefore be important that a bartender is ‎‎stress-resistant‎‎. Because a bartender generally has to deal with many different customers, ‎‎communication‎‎ can also be regarded as an important competence. Generally important words as a bartender are energy, sense of responsibility, passion, ‎‎motivation‎‎, ‎‎inspiration‎‎ and ‎‎hygiene‎‎. Finally, it is not unimportant that a bartender can also be seen as a kind of ‎‎entertainer‎‎, depending on the type of catering establishment.‎


‎The job market perspective as a bartender is generally fairly good, because there are many catering establishments that use bar staff. It is true that not all bartenders and bartenders work full-time. In many cases, the work as a bartender and as a bartender will have to be seen as part-time work. If a bartender or bartender works full-time, it can also be important that you have recognized training. In general, getting work as a bartender will not be very difficult. As a bartender, there are no real career opportunities other than continuing to follow training courses, so there are possible career opportunities.‎


‎A bartender will generally fall under the Horeca collective labour agreement, in which the employment conditions are regulated depending on the employer. This does not always have to be the case, because a bartender or bartender can also work as ‎‎a volunteer for associations‎‎. This is often the case within ‎‎tennis clubs‎‎, ‎‎football clubs‎‎ and ‎‎hockey clubs‎‎. A bartender usually ‎‎earns‎‎ a little more than the minimum youth wage. An exact indication is difficult to give because the salary strongly depends on the age, type of company and times of the bartender.‎

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