Recently I’ve had a few people ask me if I would recommend bartending as a job/career. Like any job, no one can really understand what it’s like to bartend unless they’ve done it.  So I decided to make a list of the pros and cons of bartending.  This list is not exhaustive, but will at least give you a general idea of the positives and negatives of bartending.



  • reliable job market: There will always be bars, restaurants, and nightclubs looking for bartenders.
  • solid money:  Money can range from average to GREAT depending on where you work.
  • flexible work schedule:  You can bartend full or part-time or even just once or twice a week
  • fun work atmosphere:  You’re in a bar! (or nightclub/ restaurant)  Bartending is often very fun.
  • relocation opportunity:  If you are looking to move to a different city, rest assured there are bars/ restaurants/ nightclubs there.
  • learned ability to handle pressure:  Bartending in a busy establishment absolutely teaches you how to multitask and to be calm under pressure.


  •  loud music:  If you work in a loud bar/ nightclub, the music can damage your ears.  However, earplugs can definitely help
  • lack of job security:  While bartenders are always in demand, losing a bartending job can happen quickly and without warning.
  • judgement:  I never cared about what people thought about my job.  But, some people think bartending isn’t a “real job”.  This can be a con if things like this bother you.
  • inconsistent pay:  While the money can be fantastic, it can quickly diminish if the establishment you work at becomes unpopular.
  • drunk customers:  Bartending is one of the only jobs in which you are GUARANTEED to encounter inebriated people on every shift.  These people can be unruly and difficult to deal with.


Would I recommend bartending?  Absolutely.  I think it is a great way to make money and can be utilized in many ways.  When someone asks me if they should bartend, I tell them that they definitely should, but they should do it on their own terms.

If you think you’d be happy bartending as a career, by all means go and do just that.  If you don’t want to make it a career, that’s great too.  You can bartend on the side of another job, bartend for events, or even bartend for a couple years before doing something else.  Get what you want from bartending!  It’s up to you.



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