Bartenders (NOC 6512)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 16.50$
Maximum 25.00$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
10,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and other licensed establishments. Supervisors of bartenders are included in this unit group.

Main duties

  • 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
  • - Continued…
  • - Collect payment for beverages and record sales
  • - Maintain inventory and control of bar stock and order supplies
  • - Clean bar area and wash glassware
  • - Ensure compliance with provincial/territorial liquor legislation and regulations
  • - May train and supervise other bartenders and bar staff
  • - May hire and dismiss staff.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Completion of college or other program in bartending or Completion of courses in mixing drinks is usually required.
  • * Responsible beverage service certification may be required.

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