A bartender (also known as a "barkeep" or "barmaid", "drinkslinger", or "tender", among other names) is the person behind a bar in a pub, tavern, inn, bar, or restaurant that serves beverages, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic alike. In regions where tipping is the norm, bartenders receive a low base wage and earn most of their money through tips.
In those establishments where cocktails are served, bartenders are expected to be able to properly mix anywhere from several hundred to several thousand different drinks. Bartenders also usually serve as the public image of the bar they tend, which requires them to entertain and counsel customers, remember the favored drinks of regulars, have recommendations on hand for local nightlife beyond the bar, and be able to answer a wide variety of questions that might be posed (which could involve such varying topics as sports trivia, directions, or the marital status of the women in the bar). As a result, bartenders are sometimes seen as the aristocracy of the working class.
In some states in the United States, bartenders are required to obtain certification before being employed as a bartender. In those establishments where minors are allowed within the bar area, bartenders are also usually responsible for confirming that customers are of the legal drinking age before serving them alcohol.
See also Edit
- Boston Bartenders School - Bartendering School with 11 Locations in MA,CT,NH,RI
- BartenderFinder - Everything "BarTender" Find It Here! A Complete BarTender Resource Site
- Good Cocktails - Online Bartender Guide
- The Bartending School - Bartending School in Little Rock, AR
- Cookbookwiki.com - Cocktails - A list of popular drinks from around the world.
- Bartenders - estimates of U.S. employment and earnings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers - from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Drink Jockey - Mixed Drink Recipes - Thousands of drink recipes and mixing instructions
- Webtender - A database of Drink recipies in which you can put up a list of ingredients and only get the drinks that use just those ingredients.
- Boozemixer - Online bartender's guide, where you can request drink recipes from other users.
- Extra Tasty - Slick website where you can browse a repository of other users' recepies, featuring a "what's in my cupboard" recipe matcher.