Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you fancy yourself a mixologist and you like to listen to other people talk about what’s going on in their lives, you should consider bartending.

Amava Take: Bars are making a comeback! It’s not all smokey rooms and fisticuffs anymore. Bar culture can be sophisticated, artsy, clubby–pretty much any vibe that will attract customers. There’s much more to a cocktail than cutting the limes just so–it’s a creative outlet for many people. Could you be one of them? Why not take it down to Kokomo? We’ll get there faster and we’ll take it slow…

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Stable, mature and creative people make excellent bartenders.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Probably best to master the cocktail menu before you start innovating!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Restaurant shifts vary.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Even if it is a cliche, I’ve had some very deep conversations with customers.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Any time someone has had too much, the decision not to serve can be difficult.

Favorite cocktail?

Old Fashioned with Negroni rising.

Special Requirements: Bartenders may require some training, but it need not be formal. Often, putting in some time as a “barback” or “bartender helper” at a place you are interested in working is a great way to get started.

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Finding a Position: Job boards are full of bartender positions. It also never hurts to put your name in the hat at a place that you already know and love. There are plenty of shifts to fill. Another approach is to try to attract some gigs at private events through a service provider portal app.  The National Bartenders Association is another great resource for tips, classes and job opportunities.