In this role, you will help set up the bar area, stock the shelves and refrigerators so drinks are available and at the correct temperature for service, prepare garnishes, serve drinks, take payment, clear tables, possibly washing glasses (in a machine, generally), and clear up after service.
During service you will be kept busy preparing and serving drinks, and keeping the bar area clean and clear. The choice of drinks served will vary depending on the type of establishment you are working in. In addition to serving a wide range of beers, spirits, non-alcoholic and soft drinks, most bars also offer a choice of wines, as well as tea, coffee and a range of snacks. In some bars, cocktails are a popular choice, as are liqueurs and brandies. In this case, you will need a good memory to be able to describe the taste of all the drinks you serve, along with the skills to blend, whisk, or shake the more exotic drinks. You may dispense drinks to customers directly, or via colleagues.
Good customer skills are important and you must follow the licensing laws on who can and cannot be served alcohol, the correct measures for each drink, and ensuring the correct brand is served. It is also your responsibility to work in a safe, hygienic manner, maintaining a high standard of personal presentation and hygiene.