Bartender/Bartender roles and missions

The roles and missions of Barman/ Barmaid are very varied. They are responsible for the quality and safety of the drinks served, the management and preparation of cocktails but also for ensuring the well-being of the guests. The responsibilities and tasks assigned to each Bartender are as follows:

Serve drinks and cocktails upon request.

Welcome and inform customers about the drinks and cocktails offered.

Implement cocktail preparation.

Replenish inventory and manage existing inventory.

Maintains cash and manages financial transactions.

Supervise room and inform staff in case of emergency.

Regularly check the condition of the premises and ensure the maintenance of the premises.

Supervise servers and other room staff.

Manage customer complaints and ensure customer satisfaction.

Ensure compliance with current safety standards.

Maintain a high level of cleanliness and hygiene in the facility.

In addition to the responsibilities and tasks mentioned above, the Bartender/ Barmaid is also responsible for the organization and management of parties and events. He/she must also ensure that clients have the best possible experience. A bartender/barmaid must be comfortable with the guests and be able to answer questions and help them find the best cocktail or drink for their needs.

Salary and career development of the Bartender/ Barmaid

The salary of a Bartender/Barmaid depends on his professional experience and the regions. In France, a bartender can earn between 16,000 and 25,000 euros gross annually. The annual gross salary changes in France by years of experience for a barman/barmaid are as follows:

0 to 2 years: between 16,000 and 18,000 euros annual gross

2 to 5 years: between 18,000 and 20,000 euros gross annual

5 to 10 years: between 20,000 and 22,000 euros annual gross

10 to 15 years: between 22,000 and 24,000 euros annual gross

Over 15 years: more than 24,000 euros gross annual

In addition to salary, Bartenders can also collect tips. For those who wish to advance in their careers, many options are open:

Bar director

Bar chef


Bartender consultant

Head of bar training

Advantages and disadvantages of Barman/ Barmaid


Ability to express oneself creatively by serving drinks and creating recipes.

Improves social skills and customer interaction.

Earn a decent wage.

Opportunities for advancement and promotion.

Possibility to use various ingredients and flavors to create cocktails and drinks.


Irregular and sometimes late working hours.

Constrained to work in a pressurized and highly service-oriented environment.

Cannot always be paid at the minimum hourly rate due to tips.

May be exposed to inappropriate behaviour by intoxicated customers.

Requires substantial investment to learn service techniques and recipes.

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