The Rules of Bartending  

rm_MariGrrl 40F
2485 posts
4/13/2006 10:38 am

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10/5/2006 2:18 pm

The Rules of Bartending

I have worked at several different types of bars over the years. The tips are great, the atmosphere is fun, and depending on where you are you can drink while your working.

So here's my little list of things to remember if you are a newbie to the world of tending bar...

- You have access to the alcohol, without you they can't drink, never forget that

- Bar hoppers are like dogs, they can smell fear, so do not show any signs of weakness

- Yeah, yeah the old bartender used to give away free drinks, hmm maybe thats why they're not here anymore

- Be aware of the game "lets try to fuck the bartender"... the rules are simple, they all try to get down your pants, you flirt and then blow them off

- Don't date customers... ever

- A drinking bartender is a happy bartender, just make sure you're sober enough to put the booze in the glass and the money in the drawer, bosses get pissed if you do it the other way around

- Show enough to turn the guys heads, but not enough to piss off the women they're with. He might put down a good tip, but more times than not she'll get to it before you do

- Every man that walks into your bar is the most handsome, charming, funny guy you've ever met... period

- Be aware of what's going on, but never repeat what you see, and don't let the married guy at the end of the bar know that you could point out every girl in there he's slept with

- Do not have your husband, boyfriend, or significant other there while you are at work. Flirting is part of the job and some guys can't handle that

- Never discuss your personal life, politics, or religion no matter how tempting it might be or how much you could add to the conversation

- Always make sure you give ones back with the change, that's a hint for them to tip you, this is how you make your money so don't forget it

- It can be a good thing coming in during your off hours to get to know the regulars (if the bar allows this), but do not get falling down drunk and tell everyone you love them, you'll lose credibility fast

- Always stock, do not piss off the next shift, you might need them some day

- ID, ID, ID... it keeps you from getting fined if they're too young and they'll take it as a compliment if they're old

- And the most important rule... have fun! If you are having a good night so will the customers

Seems like common sense stuff, huh? When I trained my replacement at the last bar I worked at, I went through all these rules with her. I went back later and watched her break every single one in just one night. She then bitched about not getting many tips and was fired less than a week later. Guess she shoulda listened.


pandoo5 61M
398 posts
4/13/2006 11:39 am

Like your rules.


p33c3y0 43M

4/13/2006 11:43 am

so ... what you're saying is ... you're sensible ... drink ... kiss girls ... are not yet totally disillusioned by politics ... oh shit ... i'm putting you in a box ... but ... you're not ... fitting.


TrapsTomesSteed 43M
202 posts
4/13/2006 12:45 pm

"- Be aware of the game "lets try to fuck the bartender"... the rules are simple, they all try to get down your pants, you flirt and then blow them off
- Don't date customers... ever"


Sadly, every female bartender I've ever known seems to have those two rules down cold.


Fox4aKnight1 44F

4/13/2006 8:42 pm

great rules Mari ......and wonderful tips *G*


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