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Bartender Tips: Five types of Problem Guests

“The first step in knowing you have a problem is to admit you have a problem.” Or so the saying goes. Pretty accurate quote to use, given it typically applies to substance abuse. At this juncture, you either work in or are attempting to work in an industry where you will regularly deal with intoxicated…

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Canadian Bartending Licensing Requirements

What Certifications You Need to Work in Bars in Canada. Continuing our series on being a bartender worldwide, we’ve got the requirements for Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States this week. So you’ve decided to bartend is the way to go as a career change. You’ve put in the forty classroom hours and got…

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Bartending School Won’t Guarantee a Job, But it Can Help

An increasing amount of bartending schools have appeared in Canada and the U.S. in recent years, all promising to provide wannabe barkeeps with the knowledge and skills required to get them impressing at family get-togethers or raking in the cash while serving thirsty customers.

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So You’ve Decided You’d Like to Try out the Hospitality Industry

Good for you. You’ve selected an industry that tends to thrive in a recession and can be an absolute gold mine in boom times. You’ve looked around at the servers and bartenders who have served you in various establishments and said to yourself, “I could do this job.” ell, brace yourself, and it can be…

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So you want to be a Bartender

Let’s paint a picture. You work in a local sports pub. It’s 3:30 in the morning. Finally, the bar is empty. Things are a disaster. There is still a good chunk of cleaning ahead. Throughout the evening, you tried to keep up, but you probably won’t go home for another hour. The tip jar is overflowing,…

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12 Questions About the Smart Serve Certification Test

What is Smart Serve? Smart Serve (or SmartServe Ontario) was created with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in 1995 to provide responsible alcohol beverage service training for the Ontario hospitality industry. Who Needs Smart Serve Certification? Smart Serve is now required by anyone who serves or handles alcohol and managers and security…

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How to Use a Bar Spoon like a Pro

Are you wondering how to use a bar spoon like a pro? Learn the techniques used by experts around the world in this helpful article!

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Bartending Job in Hawaii

Read these helpful tips on everything you need to know to get a bartending job anywhere in Hawaii.

A Bartender’s Guide To Keeping Pour Spouts Squeaky Clean

Check out the 4 step process to cleaning liquor pour spouts that will keep your bar area looking clean and professional with minimal effort.

How to Be a Better Bartender (10 Useful Tips)

There are a thousand ways to improve your bartender skills, but here are ten of the best tips to get you started.

How To Become a Bartender in Illinois

Learn how to navigate the Illinois bartending scene with this article covering everything you need to know about bartending in Illinois.

How To Become a Bartender in Arizona

Learn everything you need to know about getting a bartending job in Arizona so you can nail your interview and start bartending.