Hospitality & Tourism

Bar Attendant

Bar attendants pour and mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff in licensed venues.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Bar Attendant do?

Bar attendants mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff in hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants and other licensed venues.


Work activities

As a bar attendant, you would:

  • pour or mix drinks
  • collect money for drinks served
  • check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol
  • clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment
  • balance cash receipts
  • stock the bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws
  • comply with responsible service of alcohol requirements.

Key skills and interests

To become a bar attendant, you would need:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • a good memory
  • to be able to work quickly and efficiently
  • to enjoy working with people
  • good personal presentation
  • good cash-handling skills
  • to be able to stand for long periods.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Bar attendants often work late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Nearly half of all bar attendants work part time.


Bar attendants work at restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and other food service establishments. During busy hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently.


How to become an Bar Attendant?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a bar attendant without formal qualifications. You would receive some on-the-job training.

You can also become a bar attendant through a traineeship in Hospitality. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

To sell, serve or supply liquor in a licensed venue, you must have a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. RSA courses are widely offered by TAFE and Registered Training Organisations.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of bartenders is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

As the population grows, more people will dine out and drink at a variety of food and drinking places. In response, many new bars, clubs, and restaurants are expected to open to meet this demand.


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