As a bartender you can expect to prepare and mix drinks and cocktails while serving customers in various settings like bars, hotels, restaurants, clubs and other entertainment venues. The venues you work in will often be noisy and busy and you may have to deal with difficult customers who may be under the influence of too much alcohol! If you like the idea of whipping up a mean martini and chatting to patrons then you might just enjoy the life of a bartender.
You will usually work shifts including weekends, late nights and public holidays. Although you don't often need any qualifications to land the job (except the applicable responsible service of alcohol certificates), bartenders who have undertaken training or have sufficient experience are held in high regard by employers. With the right attitude and work ethic you can also progress to become a supervisor or manager.
Your responsibilities as a bartender will include preparing and mixing drinks for patrons. This may involve drawing beer from taps, pouring from bottles and mixing ingredients to make cocktails. You can also expect to collect payment and operate cash registers. You might also need to collect glasses and put them in glass washing machines. You will also need to be responsible for monitoring your customers and not serving people who are excessively drunk!