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Bar Attendant

Serve customers in licensed establishments such as pubs, restaurants and nightclubs

What's it like to be a Bar Attendant?

Bar Attendants work in licensed establishments to serve drinks to customers, while also making sure the environment is well maintained. This includes picking up glasses, putting out coasters and setting tables. Bar Attendants work in pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and at events and festivals, and are usually supervised by a Bar Manager. Bar Attendants need a friendly demeanour, a good eye for detail and a flexible approach to work to be able to assist where needed at any given time.

Bar Attendant

Tasks and duties

  • Serving drinks, including pouring beers and making coffee.
  • Taking food orders.
  • Restocking drinks, snacks and coffee beans.
  • Operating a point-of-sale terminal and EFTPOS machine.
  • Cleaning spills, setting tables and putting out coasters.
  • Tapping beer kegs and cleaning beer lines.
  • Operating TAB and Keno.
  • Facilitating payments from poker machines, or fixing them when they get stuck.
  • Filling in timesheets, safety incident reports and stock control logs.

What can I earn as a Bar Attendant?

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How to become a Bar Attendant


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While you don’t need any educational qualifications to work as a Bar Attendant, you’ll need some competency certificates to get you started.

  1. You'll need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). These are available through TAFE, private hospitality schools and online.
  2. You will also likely need a Responsible Service of Gambling if you’re going to work in an establishment that has gaming machines, or to broaden your options for environments you’re licensed to work in. These are available through TAFE and online.
  3. Alternatively, consider completing a qualification in hospitality, such as a Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30616), which will include bar training as part of the curriculum.

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Certificate III in Hospitality

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This certification provides you with the knowledge needed to work in the sale and service of alcohol.

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Latest Bar Attendant reviews

Latest reviews from 30 Bar Attendants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Bartending is a fast paced, exciting, social job i recommend to anyone looking for casual work.
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Bartender
The good things
A very social job being able to talk to your colleagues behind the bar and also talk to and get to know customers, both regular customers and new customers. Can put you outside of your comfort zone wh...
The challenges
Challenges when beginning are being able to make drinks at a very fast pace when its busy without having to repour a drink. Also having to remember large drink orders in one go and then make them all ...
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May 2021
Bar management is hard at times but extremely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Retail Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Bar management, rosters and keg room attendant as well as RSA and RCG and poker machine attendant
The good things
Have fun with a social life while working. Education and knowledge around liquor licensing
The challenges
Dealing with extremely intoxicated people at times.
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