NOC 6512 – Bartenders



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.

Progression to managerial positions in food and beverage service is possible with experience.

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
  • 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
    Completion of courses in mixing drinks is usually required.
  • Responsible beverage service certification may be required.

All Titles

  • attendant, bar
  • bar attendant
  • bar steward
  • barkeeperbarman, barwoman
  • barmaid
  • barman/barwoman
  • barman/woman, beerbarman, beer, barwoman, beer, beer barman, beer barwoman
  • bartender
  • bartender, taptapman, tapwoman
  • bartenders supervisor
  • beer barman/woman
  • head barmaidhead barman, head barwoman
  • head barman/barwoman
  • head bartender
  • lounge supervisor-bartender
  • managing bartender
  • service bartender
  • supervisor, bartenders
  • supervisor-bartender, lounge
  • tapman/woman


  • Bar managers (See 0631 Restaurant and food service managers)
  • Food and beverage servers (6513)


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