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The road to becoming a bartender can be an
endeavor of preparation or one of opportunity. It
could materialize from applying to a cruise line
with an impressive resume that includes
credentials from a respected bartending school.
On the other hand, it could materialize from
being asked to fill in as a bartender on a harbor
lights cruise because the regular bartender
called in sick that night.
If you want to know the common
denominators for a bartender who will
keep a job, they are:

■ Knowing your drinks and mixology
(adequately enough for the setting you’
re working)
■ Good communication skills
■ Good interpersonal skills
■ Friendliness and courtesy
■ Attention to appearance and
grooming
■ Attention to keeping a workstation
clean and inviting
■ Knowing when a passenger or guest
should no longer be served alcoholic
beverages
■ Integrity with money received

A seasoned bartender will point out
that we left out about a dozen items,
but these are the basics. The fine
points come with experience.  
This bread-and-butter bartender would know the difference between whiskey and
Scotch, Tanqueray and cheap gin, and Absolute and cheap vodkas. However, a
snob’s knowledge of
upper-end gourmet vodkas isn’t necessary here.
What does one need to become a bartender? It’ll depend on the setting. A small
dinner cruise boat bartender might pull it off with some basic mixology knowledge
and a repertoire of about fifteen cocktails. This could include your standards like a
vodka and tonic, screwdriver, gin and tonic, rum and cola, traditional martini with
olive (not those exotic sour apple martinis served at upscale catering houses, other
unique flavor
Martinis, or anything else requiring more than five ingredients.  
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If the bread and butter bartender described above is like the huggable character
“Coach” from the TV series Cheers, the upper-end bartender is like someone out of
the movie Cocktail. This means learning a thing or two about those exotic cocktails
served with frosted rims, flavorings and spices. Although you’re not a sommelier
with a wine list, you’ll need to know the difference between a merlot and a burgundy.
It's hard to say how many bar
professionals get their jobs through
bartending school versus learning on-
the-job apprenticing next to an
experienced bartender. But it doesn't
really make any difference. No matter
how many obscure, exotic or
expensive drinks a cocktail lounge
mixologist is prepared to serve, the
seasoned bartender sees anything
outside of the lines of the standards
below as getting in the way of
business. No wants to be tied up with
a stupid blender, smoothie mix and
crushed iced for five minutes when
you can serve a dozen other patrons
in that timespan. These are the
standards that are ordered in most
bars most of the time:

Absolute and tonic (or other vodka)
Tanqueray and tonic (of other gin)
Screwdriver
Long island iced tea
Barardi and coke (or other rum)
Margarita
Cosmo (esp. since "Sex In The City")
White Russian
Bloody Mary
Shots (Jack Daniels, Jaegermeister)
Red or white wine
Beer - draft or bottled
Although we didn't think it was necessary to
include this in the list of important job pointers for
the beverage serving professional, we might add...
"Do not enter to drinking contests with patrons."
Although the paying guests on the other side of the
bar may enter chugging contests which will give
them blazing headaches the following morning,
you, as the mixology professional, are expected to
refrain and smile as you gingerly keep the bar
clean.
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