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Bar Manager

Oversee the operations of a bar including management of staff

What's it like to be a Bar Manager?

A Bar Manager looks after the operations of a bar, and ensures the wellbeing of patrons and staff. Bar Managers work with the security operations of the bar to ensure legal requirements are met. Bar Managers are responsible for rostering staff, ensuring adequate stock is available and keeping things running smoothly.

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What can I earn as a Bar Manager?

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How to become a Bar Manager


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While formal educational qualifications are not essential to become a Bar Manager, you will need to hold a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certification.

  1. You’ll need experience working in hospitality, especially in bars. Most Bar Managers have at least 1 year of experience, particularly in a staff supervisory capacity.
  2. Obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) qualification, available through TAFE, hospitality schools and private training institutions. You may also need a Responsible Service of Gambling (RSG).
  3. You may also need to undertake an Approved Manager accreditation, depending on which state you plan to work in. These are available through registered training organisations. For more information, contact the liquor licensing authority in your state.
  4. Consider completing a vocational qualification in hospitality management to validate your skill sand experience.

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Diploma of Hospitality Management

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Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

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

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Bachelor of Arts

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Latest Bar Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 18 Bar Managers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
It is a great thing to manage a bar, only a few days have ever felt like work, I get paid to socialise, listen to the best music, meet great people and dance and sing as part of my job. I also create some amazing drinks
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Bar management
The good things
I am able to facilitate customers, musicians, suppliers and staff to provide a safe, enjoyable and desirable venue to be a part of
The challenges
Gotta be a quick thinker, be able to hold everyone’s dignity even when they are doing the wrong thing, customers, public and staff
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May 2021
I love my customers and they keep me going
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Foodservice
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Customer service
The good things
Friendly environment Diverse role Good money Autonomy
The challenges
Difficult customers Bad hours Physically demanding at times Big responsibility
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