Being behind the bar is like living in a fishbowl. Some refer to it as being on stage. Basic bar etiquette applies to the real-world bartender and the home-party bartender.
The Real-World Bartender
The best real-world bartenders make an art form out of their profession. Successful professional bartenders possess many skills and personality traits.
A good personality and an ability to interact well with people are two of a bartender's best assets. A sense of humor is invaluable.
A well-groomed appearance helps bartenders seem more approachable and professional.
Physical strength is required for long hours standing behind the bar and lifting heavy boxes.
Basic math skills allow bartenders to make change and measure drinks accurately and quickly.
Bartenders need to be able to remember everything from drink recipes to customers' names.
Multitasking is a must! Bars are busy, and the bartender must make sure everything runs smoothly.
A great smile is key since bartenders smile a lot.
Bartenders must be aware of everything around them at all times. They know the drink levels of everyone's beverage, and they see new customers as they approach the bar. A second set of eyes in the back of their heads would be a remarkable evolutionary improvement; failing that, bartenders need to be constantly alert.
The Home-Party Bartender
The bartender can literally make or break a party. Since cocktails are complimentary, private-party bartenders must be very organized with plenty of backup. Overall, they can relax and just be the life of the party because the hassle of running tabs and dealing with credit cards is nonexistent. The home-party bartender's main job is to smile, be happy, and set the tone for the party.