Bar staff serve drinks in pubs, clubs, hotels, and wine bars.

What does a bar person do?

As a bar person, main duties would include:

  • serving customers with drinks
  • collecting payment and operating the till
  • providing snacks, such as crisps and nuts

It may also involve creating cocktails for customers and, during busy periods, helping serve hot and cold food.

Bar staff are responsible for keeping the bar area clean and well stocked, which would involve:

  • washing glasses
  • storing empty bottles
  • clearing and cleaning tables and the bar regularly

A key role would be in creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and talking with customers.

What do I need to do to become a bar person?

For this role, employers don’t tend to look for specific qualifications or training. They are often looking instead for the right personality and/or experience. Good communication skills, an enthusiastic and positive attitude to work and the ability to work well in a team are all considered important.

You may be able to take a college course to learn some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job, which could help you to find work in the industry. You will usually need to be at least 18 to work in a bar. However, you could start a relevant apprenticeship at age 16. The range of apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Numeracy
  • Teamwork

Vocational route

  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
  • Level 1 Award in Food and Beverage Services
  • Level 2 Certificate in General Food and Beverage Service

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You will find jobs in pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels and other leisure complexes. You could also work in theatre bars, holiday centres, sports clubs, airport terminals, and on cruise ships.

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