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Bar Back Overview

Bar backs provide bartenders with the support to keep the beer pouring quickly and cocktails served beautifully. If you’re looking to gain the experience and training to become a bartender, consider becoming a bar back. You’ll get to know all of the business of what goes on behind the bar, and learn techniques for pouring drinks.


  • Strong customer service skills. Charm your way into good tips and positive customer feedback. 
  • Good communicator. You’re there to support the bartender, so being able to quickly and accurately exchange information is key.
  • Attention to detail. You can watch and anticipate every need. You’ll also learn which glasses to use for which drinks and the right proportions for each cocktail.
  • Physical strength. A keg of beer can be unwieldy even for those with experience. Be ready to carry both heavy bottles of liquid as well as delicate glassware.


You can become a bar back without much experience, and in fact, the intention is that you’ll learn what it takes to become a bartender. If you do have experience working in food service or a kitchen, you'll be a strong candidate. Just make sure to check state regulation before applying, to make sure you're of legal age to serve. 

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