Many professional managers say that tips stands for “To Insure Proper Service”. To the average bartender, tips are a crucial part of making a living. The one thing you must remember is that people tip you for the service that you give them. Whether working at a neighborhood bar, hotel, restaurant, winery, or private party, a bartender should conduct themselves as a professional at all times.
Making drinks is only a small part of the bartender’s job. Dealing with the public takes patience and above all, is a learned skill. Here are 20 tips to consider for making tips as a bartender:
- Smile! And be friendly. Say hello to each customer before they greet you.
- Be polite. Use please and thank you frequently.
- Learn your customer’s names and what they drink.
- Keep a neat and presentable appearance. Don’t be a slob.
- Try to avoid controversial topics like religion, politics and marital matters.
- When asked about the above topics, try to be conservative and middle of the road. Don’t commit to one side or the other. You may offend other customers.
- Constantly watch your customers for their individual needs. A good bartender can sense when a customer needs a cigarette lit or a refill.
- Don’t make customers ask for a refill. Ask them as their glass nears empty.
- If a customer is becoming intoxicated, you may want to wait until their drink is completely empty to slow down their drinking.
- Always light customer’s cigarettes. This is a courtesy, not a pick up method.
- Keep customers ash trays clean. Remove the dirty ashtray by “capping” the ash tray with a clean one to prevent ashes from spilling. (If there’s three butts I nan ash tray, change it.)
- Do not allow customers to gamble when intoxicated. It is against the law in some states.
- Check ID’s on any customers that look 25 or under.
- Don’t give free drinks without the managers permission.
- Don’t let boyfriends or girlfriends hang out at the bar while you work.
- Don’t smoke behind the bar.
- Don’t cross pour liquor. This is called “Marrying” and is illegal in all 50 states.
- Don’t allow customers to get too loud or use profanity
- Cut people off if necessary. This is the law! You must get comfortable with it.
- Have fun!
If you follow these simple guidelines you are sure to keep everyone happy bring in the doe after your shift!