The importance of training to become the perfect bartender
“Not Just a Job, a Lifestyle” is not just our academy’s motto, but the biggest truth about bartending. Those who work behind a bar can vouch for this: once a bartender, your mindset will never be the same. Because knowing the art of mixology is only one of the many things that makes you a bartender. To enter this new life, one has two options: starting to work in a bar from a very low position, or investing in a bartending course and starting this career with someone completely dedicated to you and who will guide you through this fascinating world. The benefits of getting a mixology certification before starting to work in a bar are so many, we will list only the main ones here!
To be a good bartender, you will need to learn how to retain a lot of information, move fast, use your memory, have fun and deal with customers. All at once! A bartending course will give you a method that will help you carry out your job in every context, even in the busiest place in town, without even sweating (ok, maybe just a few drops!).
Starting to work in a bar already knowing the basics of cocktails recipes, the terminology for glassware and bar equipment, and the language of the bar will help you save a lot of time and make you feel more confident and ready for each task. Both customers and bosses feel the confidence, so this will boost your chances to get hired.
Bartender academies teach techniques, laws, history, and all the important skills that you never even knew were important. And bars will be keener to hire someone who already knows at least the basics of everything related to selling and distribution of alcohol. From regulations to health and safety procedures, from experiences with drunk guests and disturbing customers, a trained in school bartender starts equipped to deal with any kind of situation and person.
But knowledge it’s not just knowing rules and techniques. Trainers are people from the industry, former bartenders who know what it means to stay behind the bar and who will share their experience with you in a positive and relaxed environment. When trained in store you might miss this part, as colleagues and managers might not have the time to pass on their knowledge to you.
Let’s admit it, the bartender is an ambiguous figure, something in between a business man (making people drink is the ultimate goal) and a drinking buddy. Learning and practicing the art of socialising, of saying the right thing at the right moment, can be crucial to succeed (and earn better tips) in this sector. And to make customers become guests, hopefully returning guests, which in the end is the key for profit in this business.
Bar owners fear one thing more than anything: over-pouring and spilled drinks. It is such a problem, in fact, that some companies are trying to create bartending robots to avoid the expense of wasted liquor. So if you don’t want to be replaced by a robot, you need to learn your pouring to (almost) perfection. Bartending schools are the only places where you can actually practice and hone your skills of a correct pour without costing the bar money. When looking for a job in this industry, showing your pouring skills might be the element that makes you get the job.
So, are you ready to become an incredible trained in school bartender?