Bar manager job description

A bar manager keeps a bar operating effectively. If the bar is located at a hotel or restaurant, the manager may also oversee dining and food preparation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for bar managers is excellent.


A bar manager oversees all operations at the bar including staffing, employee schedules, event planning, and staff functions and responsibilities. If an assistant manager also works at the venue, the bar manager partners with the assistant to make sure that customers are satisfied.

Main Duties

The bar manager reviews the inventory, manages the money and staff, buys supplies and ensures that the bar meets legislative directives. She must also establish a physical presence at the bar and make adjustments to ensure customer service is consistently high. The bar manager must know local, state and federal regulations for the sale and distribution of alcohol.

Daily Responsibilities

Bar managers regularly review bar operations, including special-event setups, prices and hours. He also prepares staff schedules, communicates with employees, ensures the bar is adequately staffed at all times, keeps record of supplies and cash, and replenishes the bar and cash drawer.

Supervisory Role

Bar managers interview job applicants, conduct regular performance reviews, and train all staff who work at the bar including security, bartenders, waiters and waitresses. Bar managers are responsible for reporting security and disciplinary breaches to their supervisors or human resources contact.

Required Skills

Bar managers must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, a neat physical appearance, and the willingness to be a team player. Bar managers must also be at least 21 years of age. They should have prior experience working at a food and beverage establishment, such as a hotel restaurant or club where alcohol is served, or managing a staff.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, specific educational requirements are not required to become a bar manager. However, employers prefer bar managers to be high school graduates.

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About the Author

Rhonda Campbell is an entrepreneur, radio host and author. She has more than 17 years of business, human resources and project management experience and decades of book, newspaper, magazine, radio and business writing experience. Her works have appeared in leading periodicals like "Madame Noire," "Halogen TV," "The Network Journal," "Essence," "Your Church Magazine," "The Trenton Times," "Pittsburgh Quarterly" and "New Citizens Press."

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