As a bar person your main duties would include; serving customers with drinks, collecting payment and operating the till, providing snacks, such as crisps and nuts. You may also create cocktails for customers and, during busy periods, you may help serve hot and cold food.
You would be responsible for keeping the bar area clean and well stocked, which would involve; washing glasses, emptying ashtrays, storing empty bottles, and clearing and cleaning tables and the bar regularly.You would also play a key role in creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and talking with customers.
Bar staff serve drinks, snacks and often hot or cold food to customers in licensed premises. They also take payments, chat to customers, check details of customers who appear to be under age, assist with special promotions, keep the bar area clean and well stocked, wash glasses, and clean and clear tables regularly. Bar managers manage licensed premises. Their work may also include; recruiting, training and supervising staff, setting price levels and ensuring sales targets are met, stocktaking, ordering from suppliers and arranging deliveries, keeping the books, paying wages and dealing securely with large amounts of cash, and ensuring that legal and health and safety requirements are upheld.
The hours of work may be long and almost always involve evening and weekend work. Full-time employees usually work shifts, but bar staff often work part time. Bars may be hot, noisy and crowded. The work requires long periods of standing and usually involves lifting and carrying crates, beer barrels and boxes. The pub, bar and nightclub industry is currently suffering from the recession. In the longer term, however, the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector is still predicted to grow. Employers range from small bars, clubs and hotels to national chains of breweries and pub management companies.