Bartending is a popular career and it can be highly enjoyable especially for individuals who are outgoing and like to meet new people. Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic beverages to customers in bars restaurants cocktail lounges resorts private clubs and on cruise ships and hotels. They are also responsible for collecting money for the drinks they serve.
They are expected to be knowledgeable about standard drink recipes and they must be able to mix drinks quickly and accurately. In the United States bartenders must be at least 21 years old and they are responsible for checking identifications to insure customers are of drinking age. They must be aware of state and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic drinks.
Most bartenders are in charge of keeping the bar adequately stocked. Also when they are not assisted by a bartender helper they must wash glasses clean the bar and remove trash. Many bartenders learn on the job but some vocational schools offer bartending courses. In some cases bars will train them but sometimes bartenders start out as waiters and learn the trade by observing bartenders at work.