Starting out behind the bar can be rough. While making mistakes is a given, there are certain steps you can take to make your learning curve a little bit smoother. From a veteran of the bartending scene, here are eight essential pieces of advice to help all you new bartenders.
1. It’s okay to ask for help.
This is true in almost every field and especially behind the bar. Asking a barback to help you move a keg or an experienced bartender for pointers on technique is totally normal. Don’t come to work unprepared (have your main drink recipes memorized and always have your wine key/bottle opener), but asking for help when you really need it will help you learn faster.