Aside from customers’ tip, a local Bartender receives an entry level wage of P8,000-10,000 based on the salary rates prevailing in the industry. Bartenders in the US receive $6.44 - $9.26 per hour.
Basic Educational Requirement
There is no specific educational requirement for bartenders. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. TESDA and its accredited training institutions nationwide, offers short courses on food and beverage handling. Knowledge on salient legal issues surrounding serving alcoholic beverages and tobacco is very essential to those who want to become bartenders.
Cost of Training *
A one-on-one training course for prospective Bartender is being offered for a fee of P7,700 for 286 hours.
There is a high demand for well-trained Filipino front-liners in the local tourism industry (food and beverage workers). In the Middle East alone, hundreds of hotels and resorts are being built. These will require thousands of hotel staff, bartenders included. Bartenders are in demand not only in hotels, clubs and bars but in cruise liners as well.
Prospects for Career Advancement
For most of the Bartenders, advancement usually is limited to finding a job in a busier or more expensive restaurant or bar where prospects for tip earnings are better. Some bartenders advance to supervisory jobs, such as dining room supervisor and maitre d’hotel.
Nature of Work
A Bartender serves alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks to guests. He/She mixes and concocts shakes different kind of drinks according to guests’ desires. Part of his/her job is to entertain guest with different moves and flares in bartending, showcasing his/her talent in mixing drinks.
- Serves ice cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to the customers;
- Mixes and shakes drinks according to the guest’s desire;
- Advices and informs guests about different drinks that they want to try;
- Entertains customer with different exhibitions and flares in bartending;
- Takes orders from customers about their preferred drinks;
- Courteously greets the customers and invites them to have a drink;
- Prepares the bill of the customer and waits for their payments; and
- Keeps alcoholic drinks on their respective tracks.
Skills and Competencies
- A vast knowledge in alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks;
- Above average ability in mixing different drinks;
- Must have ability to do flares and exhibitions;
- Knows how to entertain customers;
- Must have good communication skills, has a good command of the English language;
- Alert in giving customers attention;
- Ability to handle pressure;
- Must know how to interact with different types of customers;
- Knows how to handle unexpected commotions; and
- Knowledge in basic math, taking orders and preparing bills.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Should be neat, friendly, and can politely talk with customers;
- Well groomed and always in a proper attire;
- Always ready to serve and assist customers even under pressure; and
- Physically fit.
* Based on 2011 rates.