Bartenders (NOC 6512)

About this job

This group includes supervisors of bartenders.

People in this occupation:

  • mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • work in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and other licensed establishments
Common job titles
  • bartender / bar attendant / steward
  • bartender, managing / service
  • tapman / tapwoman


Bartenders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons
  • mix liquor, soft drinks, water and other ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks
  • prepare mixed drinks, wine, draft or bottled beer and non-alcoholic beverages for food and beverage servers or serve directly to patrons
  • collect payment for beverages and record sales
  • maintain inventory and control of bar stock and order supplies
  • clean bar area and wash glassware
  • make sure provincial/territorial liquor legislation and regulations are followed
  • may train and supervise other bartenders and bar staff
  • may hire and dismiss staff

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in an indoor setting and involves contact with a variety of liquids.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, progression to managerial positions in food and beverage service is possible.

Additional resources