Four Bartending Tips Every Bartender Should Know

by Art Gib, freelance writer on behalf of Empire Bartending ( 29-Sep-2010 )

Bartending is not the easiest job in the world. Sure, it may look that way as they are always in the middle of the club scene with great music and beautiful, interesting people to talk to. There are definitely perks to the job. The thing of it is, though, that it is a challenging position to take on. There are several things that need to be memorized and many bartenders end up learning various things about the job the hard way. Those who are interested in taking on a job like this should know a few things before they delve in.

The first thing any bartender should know is that there are New York bartending schools that can help them to get more job security. After all, those who are interested in New York bartending should be sure to look into their options for school. Real life experience is very important; however, it’s important not to underestimate how useful schooling can be in this type of career.

Bar equipment is something else every bartender should be aware of. Between shakers and cheaters, cork screws and jiggers, strainers and salt shakers, there are several items that should always be on hand. In addition to the various drink mixes, a bar tender should also have salt, sugar and lime juice on hand as well.

Knowing the different liquors is essential to being a great bartender. For instance, there is a difference between liquors and liqueurs. The average person may not be aware of the difference; however, any good bartender should know. Vodka, whiskey and Scotch are three examples of liquors. Liqueurs, on the other hand, would include drinks that are more colorful and sweet. For instance, sloe gin, kahlua, triple sec and midori are some prime examples of this type of drink. Those who know the difference between these are those who will undoubtedly be able to get some great bartending jobs.

The last tip that every good bartender should know would be the A.L.E. laws. Alcohol Law Enforcement is taken seriously which means anyone who distributes alcohol in any measure should be up to date on them. Bartenders especially can get in trouble if they do not receive correct customer identification. Laws included under this umbrella would be ensuring that proper identification is received, knowing when to cut off a customer, understanding tax stamps, etc. Indeed, there are several things every bartender should know. This article only covers some of the most important topics.
 

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