If you want to get a job as a bartender, you’re going to need some tips for tending the bar. There are no two ways about it unless you’re an old pro behind the counter you simply need a bit of help. There’s no shame in it. Everyone was a newbie at one point in their career!
The first thing to keep in mind is that mixing drinks is less important for bartending than being honest and quick with money. A bar might do thousands of dollars in sales in a night, and your job is to handle that money and keep slinging drinks fast enough to make more. If you want to practice counting and to handle money quickly, try getting a pile of toy bills and practicing with those.
Once you get good at managing money, the next biggest skill is your social skills. A good bartender has to be able to talk the customer into more drinks, but more importantly know when to cut a person off. It’s a fine line to walk, and many people can’t. It might help if you took a class on interpersonal skills. Bartending schools will often contain a course on interpersonal skills, but it never hurts to be a bit better trained.
Lastly, how to mix drinks goes hand in hand with how much alcohol to use. Again, there will be practice courses on this at NY bartending school, but remember that the rule of thumb is “no more than three seconds of pouring” for hard liquor.
Bartending for newbies can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be career ending. Newbies are expected to make a few mistakes. Just make sure you’re practicing at home, and you’ll have a great handle on the skills you need to be a great bartender no matter where you are.