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Minimum requirements[edit]

Bartenders have to have their grade 12 education to work in a bar. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) December 7, 2005

this is not not listen to this man you do not need a high school diploma or GED to work as a bartender... bartending is considered in the food industry, which does not require finishing high school or accquiring a GED. A diploma is preferred though in most places, or GED —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:06, 6 November 2007 (UTC)


As I understand it, in the UK 'barkeep' is short for 'barkeeper' which specifically means someone who *owns* a bar, not someone who just serves drinks in one Justinep 21:59, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

Mixologist should certainly not be merged into bartender since it indicates not only stature (a mixologist isn't a type of bartender), but rather an education/understanding of the art/craft of creating/mixing drinks. Suggesting that a Mixologist is a sort of Bartender is akin to suggesting that an architect is a sort of construction worker. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) August 6, 2006

I agree. Jennyfurrr03 (talk) 16:58, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Bar a place where where we drink, tender which means kindness, so bartender means a place where we drink which has kindness. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) October 20, 2006

"to tend" means to manage or look after. A bartender looks after a bar. I don't know why you would think it refers to a place. 00:09, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Personally, i believe that the word bartender reforms some sort of annotation to a group name more then an exact individual. For example, i WOULD say that a mixologist is a type of bartender. This along with the pubtenders, clubtenders and flair bartenders. For example again, flair bartenders (especially some extreme ones) don't actually work in bars but are still classed under that category. Mixologists are those certain bartenders that have a wider range of insight into the industry of cocktails, and their history, but still being underlined into the category of bartenders.

Consider a classroom with mixologists being the geeks, flairtenders being the cool kids (who don't study) and all others that go in between the both, knowing a more limited knowledge in both other topics.

but thats just my opinion. x —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:13, 6 November 2008 (UTC)


Nice reference to the Bartender anime. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) October 20, 2006

Historical question[edit]

What is the black armband that many older bartenders are shown wearing? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) January 9, 2007

That's a good question. Though in movies, I have seen other colors (like red or white) worn, too. These were mostly in old "Westerns" and it was the barkeep in the saloons who usually wore them. I never really thought about it before. If anyone has an answer, I'd be curious to know, too. --Willscrlt (Talk·Cntrb) 09:07, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Our "head" bartender wears one. It strengthens your grip. Said bartender also has carpal tunnel so that helps out even more. Scientific evidence? No. Does it work? Yes. (i would try it myself even though im pretty young).--Ijnixon (talk) 00:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

I wear one of the armbands that you guys have been writing about.

You see there was the original reason why you wear them and that is the keep your sleeves out of the way when, dining/drinking/writing etc....originally any men would wear them, especially those who wore suits. Bartenders use them for the same reason along with a couple other keeps your sleeves higher, looks fashionable (in my opinion) and its also a good place to hold your money when dealing with multiple customers. You can buy them usually in john lewis in the metallic form, gold or silver. This is probably a more modernised version of the old western thick fabric bands.

check them out, there quite a cool accessory for men when wearing shirts. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:05, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Actually the main reason for armbands today is a place to hold bottle openers so that they are easily accesible when opening up a bunch of bottles. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:46, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Sleeve garter Izuko (talk) 09:16, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

"underpaid therapist"[edit]

It seems like "underpaid therapist" is a colloquial term for a bartender, and not an official name. I would suggest that "underpaid therapist" be taken out of the article to keep up with Wiki's standards of professional editingAznsamiam 04:11, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Legal underage serving[edit]

in california it is legal of for a person to server alcohol as long as they are not

"acting in the capacity of a bartender and the service occurs in an area primarily designed and used for the sale and service of food for consumption on the premises."

however no where is it clearly stated what the capacity of a bartender is. anybody have any ideas? 03:41, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

The bartender is one the who who stays within the bounds of the bar, usually wearing a protective face mask, and moves back and forth with his stick trying to prevents the opposing team from scoring a goal. (talk) 13:28, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

Jeffrey Houlton, Relevance[edit]

Is the part about Jeffrey Houlton, an Ottawa bartender actually relevant? Is it in the correct location? This seems rather out of place and irrelevant, but I didn't want to remove it as I am not sure if there is actually some relevance that I do not know about.Ajh16 (talk) 14:08, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

External links[edit]

This section is very helpful. Tank520 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:04, 31 May 2009 (UTC)


The bartender in the picture is Robert Gold, one of the most well known banquet bartenders in the D.C. area. He has a trained hundreds of bartenders to tend bar in this unique style which includes setting up the bar in exactly the configuration shown in the picture so that the bartender can maintain eye contact with the customer, the result is efficient and entertaining, and increased tips! (talk) 04:24, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Cultural references[edit]

Need a section about pop culture references to bartending: television shows like Cheers, characters like Moe from The Simpsons, and Penny from The Big Bang Theory (who has acted as a bartender in several episodes); films like Cocktail (Tom Cruise), Coyote Ugly, Star Wars (Wuher in the Mos Eisley Cantina), and The Shining (Lloyd the bartender); songs like "Hey Bartender" and probably many others; other possible works; and bartenders being stereotyped as pop psychologist, therapist, marriage counselor, life coach, etc. --No1inparticularhere (talk) 11:42, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

"As in Sweden?"[edit]

I know from personal observation that Texas has a law against serving drunks. I think I also observed this in Michigan. I would not be surprised if every state does. Scott Tillinghast, Houston TX (talk) 06:46, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

It is also an offence to serve a drunk in the UK. (talk) 01:34, 26 September 2013 (UTC)


I removed the following problematic sentence:

In North America, where tipping is a local custom, bartenders depend on tips for most of their income.

This includes a reference to Guide to Tipping Etiquette in New York City which is not a reliable reference in the first place (sponsored by the service sector?), is highly parochial at best, and doesn't even pretend to support this assertion.

In part it's problematic because I don't think this is true in Canada (I have no knowledge of Mexico).

Tipping in Canada, as I understand it (not having been directly employed in the service industry), is almost always supplemental to some kind basic, nearly livable wage, which I believe can range from the majority of one's income (low tipping environment, such as a undistinguished lounge bar) to a minor portion of one's income (high tipping environment, such as a crowded party bar near an NHL arena). Many in Canada tip 15% routinely on any form of passable service, if we tip at all (i.e. a staff person carries something to our table, a taxi ride that ends well, or a hair stylist) and a minor cleaning-staff gratuity after a hotel stay. Beyond that short list, things tend to get a bit Australian. It's not an assumption that every person in the service industry is mainly on the tip dole. Basically, we hardly know when we're supposed to tip, so we tip like a fearful penny-pinching Scotsman, who mostly tips to avoid social friction, and kind of wishes tipping wasn't customary in the first place, although we do like to make our cheerful service person happy, too. — MaxEnt 22:24, 16 November 2017 (UTC)