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Video:Tips for Bartending

with Amanda Hertzler

Bartending can be a chaotic job. Here are some tips for bartending to help you serve a thirsty crowd successfully.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Bartending

Hello, my name is Amanda Hertzler and I am a mixologist at the St Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado and today I am here with About.com to give you some tips for bartending.

Bartenders Prepare the Garnishes

Some tips for preparing for your shift is going to be making sure you have plenty of fruit cut; plenty of fruit so you are ready for those crowds coming in. You also want to make sure everything is clean. You want to make sure you have all your glasses, just in case you have those crowds coming in. Make sure they are clean and polished and ready to go.

Bartending is First Come, First Serve

When there is a big crowd, your policy always has to be first come, first served. Make sure when everybody is coming in, make sure you are greeting them, just so they know that you see that they are there. Make sure when you are taking those drinks, that you take a few at a time, so you don't get overwhelmed and you are not forgetting people.

Keep Track of the Bartending Tips

Make sure you are ringing in those drinks. Once you drop them off, you can tell them the price, you get the money and you are going. When you are dealing a lot with cash, sometimes they will leave their tips on the bar. Make sure you are grabbing those as soon as possible, so the cash that is coming in doesn't get mixed up with all of that.

Keep the Bar Stocked

So when it's getting busier and you are finding all these glasses piling up here in the back and you don't have time to wash them, grab a bar back if you have them, or a bus or a server. The less glasses that you have, the less drinks you are going to be able to make.

Bartenders Shouldn't Serve People Past Their Limit

You have to be careful serving people too many drinks. You have to be watching their alcohol level, how it's affecting them because it's going to affect people differently. Make sure you are offering a lot of water in between almost every drink, just so they are getting that hydration. If they are getting out of hand, you can just contact your manager; they will be able to handle it.

Just be aware of people who may want to drive home. Just use your own judgement, like you would your own friend. Let them know they have other options then just driving.

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