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50+ Ways to Be A Better Bartender

  1. Give everyone a fair shot.
  2. If you haven’t anything nice to say, don’t say it.
  3. Use the BEST premium products and you’ll be the BEST.
  4. Smile! 
  5. Wear a clean shirt everydayBe the solution to the problem, 
    not part of the problem.
  6. Don’t drink and drive; don’t let others.
  7. Respect salesmen, you’re one.
  8. Don’t take sides. You’ll make two enemies.
  9. Be NEAT.
  10. Wear a clean shirt everyday.
  11. Don’t cheat or steal.
  12. Serve.
  13. Keep your hands and fingernails clean.
  14. Use Mr., Sir, or Ms., when talking to strangers.
  15. Don’t be a part of a rumor.
  16. Keep your space clean.
  17. Don’t waste.
  18. Be on time.
  19. Keep it cleanHelp others when they’re busy.
  20. Don’t use the easy way. Use the right way.
  21. Don’t give up. Follow your dream.
  22. If you open it, close it.
  23. If you turn it on, turn it off.
  24. If you unlock it, lock it up.
  25. If you value it, take care of it.
  26. If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
  27. If you borrow it, return it.
  28. If you break it, admit it.
  29. If you make a mess, clean it up.
  30. If you move it, move it back.
  31. If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, 
    get permission.
  32. If you break it, admit itIf you don’t know how to operate it, 
    leave it alone.
  33. If it’s none of your business, 
    don’t ask questions.
  34. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
  35. If it will brighten someone’s day–SAY IT!
  36. Be patient with your coworkers.
  37. Never put a glass in the ice bin.
  38. No smoking behind the bar.
  39. Never become better than your customers.
  40. Never touch the rim of the glass.
  41. Create a house cocktail.
  42. You’re a bartender, no one says, “hey mixologist”.
  43. Learn to serve as a professional“Hey bar chef”
  44. “Hey cocktailian”
  45. “Hey Master Mixologist”
  46. Foul language is not and never will be 
    a sign of a good bartender.
  47. Don’t cheat with your drinks.
  48. Use a scoop for ice, not hands.
  49. Don’t listen to what doesn’t concern you.
  50. The mission of a bartender is to cheer up, 
    not to intoxicate.
  51. Be proud you’re a BARTENDER.

Foley Publishing Corporation sends a special "thank you" to
Santiago Policastro (Pichin) for sharing some of his philosophy.


BARTENDER Magazine - Spring 2008 Article


This article was featured in BARTENDER Magazine,
SUMMER 2008 Issue. 

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