Career as a Bartender

By | September 15, 2020
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A Bartender is a person who provides alcoholic beverages at a bar in a licensed establishment. Bartenders also have to maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. A bartender usually mixes popular cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Blue Lagoon, Brown Cow, Cosmopolitan, Dry Vodka Martini, Long Island Ice Tea, Margarita, Mojito, Singapore Sling and Pina Colada. A professional bartender has to develop a palate to distinguish different flavors, which in turn shows the ability of mixing those flavors in such harmony that it results in a very tempting cocktail.


Key Success

To be successful as a Bartender you should have/ develop:

  • Service oriented mind
  • Like to meet new people
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Emotional stability in crisis situation
  • Ability to handle stressful situations
  • Good team spirit
  • Creativity

Scope and opportunities

Bartending has set the record level of idolization since the movie Cocktail, stellar Tom Cruise and the long-running Cheers television series have shown that a bartending career offers excitement and challenge in career.
Bars are always active with people as to celebrate good times and lift their spirits during the bad times. With this in mind, bartending has been referred to as a “recession-proof” career.
A career in bartending offers so many choices and so many built in benefits that hundreds of people are giving up traditional careers, or augmenting their income with part-time bartending work.

Lifestyle & Social Status

  • It is indoor as well as outdoor activity
  • No limits to your working hours
  • Once you move at higher level the social status increases

Job Profile / Tasks

  • Mixes and serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks to patrons of bar, following standard recipes: Mixes ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.
  •  Serves wine and draught or bottled beer.
  •  Collects money for drinks served.
  • Orders or requisitions liquors and supplies.
  • Arranges bottles and glasses to make attractive display.
  • May slice and pit fruit for garnishing drinks.
  •  May prepare appetizers, such as pickles, cheese, and cold meats.
  •  May tend service bar and be designated Service Bartender.


  • Managing stress
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Attention to details
  • Communication skills
  • Courtesy

Work Value

  • Relationships
  • Support
  • Service
  • Off beat

Employability Scale

A Bartender in India is paid between Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 PM depending on the class of that bar or bar come restaurant. And the tips one can earn anywhere from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 PM or can even go higher.
They have added advantages while working for the big hotels. A good bartender can work anywhere in the country, or in the world.

Top Recruiters

  • The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL)
  • East India Hotels (EIH)
  • ITC
  • Hotel Leela venture.
  • Hilton
  • Marriott International

Course Synopsis

Course Options IIBT Diploma in Bar Management and Diploma in Hotel Management & Catering Craftsmanship Course in Bartending

Certification Course in Wines & Spirits (Inclusive of Barflairing & Bar Tricks)

Academic Eligibility Any graduate Any graduate Any graduate
Fees Rs. 65,000/Per Year  Rs.35, 000/ per year Rs.19, 000/ per year
Expenditure in Metro and Tier-1 Rs. 2lakhs to Rs. 2.5lakhs Rs. 2lakhs to Rs. 2.5lakhs Rs. 2lakhs to Rs. 2.5lakhs
Expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 1.75lakhs to Rs. 2lakhs Rs. 1.75lakhs to Rs. 2lakhs Rs. 1.75lakhs to Rs. 2lakhs
Duration 1 Year 1 Year 3 months
Mode Part Time Regular Regular, part Time
Entrance Exam N/A N/A N/A
Education Loan      

Career prospect

  1. Pubs & bars
  2. Hotels & restaurants which serve alcoholic beaverages
  3. Luxury cruise ships
  4. Lounges at airport & at other facilities
  5.  Private & corporate events

Entrance Exam

  • Not Available

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