Is it hard to learn bar work?
You might think it’s just pulling pints or serving meals but in fact there is a lot more to working in a pub than this. Go into it with an open mind and be ready to learn, listen to your new colleagues who know what they’re talking about and will be keen to share their expertise with you. You can learn how to serve drinks but communication and people skills come naturally to many people–although you can develop them with time.
Take some time before you do your first shift to learn as much as you can, whether that’s all the products available at the bar or dishes on the menu and where everything is that you’ll need so you don’t hold people up. If, when you’re doing your first shift, you find there’s something you don’t know, just ask. Your team will be happy to answer questions and they’d rather you ask and get it right, than guess and do something wrong.
You’ll pick up knowledge and skills along the way, whether that’s describing the dishes on the menu, knowing what goes into cocktails, or knowing which dry white wine or craft beer to recommend, if you’re asked.
Are you interested to find out more about the benefits of working in a pub? Check out our overview for the full rundown.