Job Description

Bar Attendants work in licensed establishments to serve drinks to customers, while also making sure the environment is well maintained. This includes picking up glasses, putting out coasters and setting tables. Bar Attendants work in pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and at events and festivals, and are usually supervised by a Bar Manager. Bar Attendants need a friendly demeanour, a good eye for detail and a flexible approach to work to be able to assist where needed at any given time.

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Bar attendants often work late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Nearly half of all bar attendants work part time.


While you don’t need any educational qualifications to work as a Bar Attendant, you’ll need some competency certificates to get you started.

You'll need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). These are available through TAFE, private hospitality schools and online.

You will also likely need a Responsible Service of Gambling if you’re going to work in an establishment that has gaming machines, or to broaden your options for environments you’re licensed to work in. These are available through TAFE and online.

Alternatively, consider completing a qualification in hospitality, such as a Certificate III in Hospitality, which will include bar training as part of the curriculum.


  • Self-Motivator
  • Communicator
  • Interpersonal
  • Energetic
  • Resilient
  • Team Player
  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Working under pressure
  • Good Memory
  • Professional
  • Taking Orders
  • Maintain Cleanliness

Future Prospects

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as: