Your guide to become a Bartender in Malaysia

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RM 1,500 - 2,000

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Who is a Bartender?

A Bartender is someone who mixes, prepares and serves alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drinks at a bar or behind a bar within a restaurant.

Are you familiar with one too many types of cocktails? Have you been enchanted by those movie scenes where the guy behind the bar is the coolest one, mixing random drinks and charming all types customers with it? Have you always dreamed of making the perfect cocktail and naming it after yourself? Then why not become a Bartender? Oftentimes being a Bartender is considered glamorous because you get to work in unique and interesting places, and also meet equally unique and interesting people! C...

Are you familiar with one too many types of cocktails? Have you been enchanted by those movie scenes where the guy behind the bar is the coolest one, mixing random drinks and charming all types customers with it? Have you always dreamed of making the perfect cocktail and naming it after yourself? Then why not become a Bartender? Oftentimes being a Bartender is considered glamorous because you get to work in unique and interesting places, and also meet equally unique and interesting people! Contrary to popular belief, a Bartender’s responsibilities include more than just mixing up drinks.

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The pros and cons of being a Bartender:

Pros

Fun environment and able to meet lots of interesting people

Can be creative with drinks and requested orders from customers

Does not require degree or higher education background

Ideal for people who prefer non-traditional work hours as they get to work in shifts

Cons

Modest salary and may not come with good health benefits

Work mostly under pressure

Work can be tiresome and tedious

What are all the responsibilities of a Bartender ?

Make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for customers

Mix and blend ingredients to create new drinks and cocktails

Take customers’ orders and serve them snacks and drinks

Verify customers’ identification and make sure it meets the legal age

Restock bar inventory, ingredients and supplies

Clean the bar equipments and glassware

Reduce the possibility of an injury by persuading customer to stop drinking, or calling a taxi for them

What skills do you need to become a Bartender?

Good communication and social skills

As a Bartender, you’ll be seeing and talking to a lot of people. Many people also tend to open up about themselves more when they drink, so keeping up a positive attitude and having great social skills is a plus for you and for the customers. Keeping the conversation going is what makes the customers happy, so it’s important to know the right thing to say and when to say it.

Being able to work under pressure

A Bartender, like employees in most restaurants, must be able to work under pressure. Meeting the requests of all the customers especially during a popular or busy hour can be stressful, but remember you must still keep a positive attitude as this is a service industry and attitude is key. So, if you can keep a huge smile while balancing the pressure of a fast-paced bar, then this job is for you!

Being able to keep the venue organised, stocked and clean

Being a Bartender will require you to be responsible for not only making the drinks, but keeping your ‘station’ clean and organised even after your shift is over. You will be responsible for all the ingredients used to make drinks, equipment such as glassware, strainers and shakers, as well as maintenance and upkeep of the place to attract more customers in the future.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Bartender?

What are the requirements to be a Bartender?

Though you require no degree or formal education to become a Bartender, being familiar with Culinary Arts and Hospitality will help you greatly in dealing with various customer requests. Experience in Management will also be extremely useful if you decide to set up your own bar and run the place on your own.

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What are the working hours of a Bartender?

The working hours of a Bartender usually begin in the evening, between 5 P.M. to 2 A.M. As mentioned above, Bartenders tend to work in shifts so you have the option to work a certain number of hours within the evening period.

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