Bartender Jobs in New York
New York City’s myriad bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotel bars are all in need of bartenders. Bartender jobs in New York offer work in a social environment and can be quite lucrative because of the tips paid on pricey cocktails and expensive glasses of wine. Bartenders in NYC can find full time or part-time work and they also benefit from flexible shifts.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average hourly wage for a part-time bartender in NYC is $16.73 and the average annual salary for a bartender working full time in New York, NY is $34,800. However, the earnings for a bartender in New York can be significantly higher, depending on the venue where they work and the shifts that they work.
Bartenders in search of their next employer in NYC will do well to consider the many bars located within the city’s many international hotel chains and luxury hotel brands as well as trendy boutique hotels. Bars and restaurants throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg and parts of Queens such as Long Island City. The food courts and dining venues located within the city’s airports, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark, also need bartenders as do night clubs and even Broadway theaters where theater-goers purchase glasses of wine and champagne during intermission.
Bartender jobs don’t usually require formal education beyond a high diploma or its equivalent. But in New York City, most restaurants, bars and clubs will require candidates to have previous experience tending bar, either on a full time or part-time basis. Still, it’s also likely that dining and drinking establishments in New York, NY will provide their new bartenders with on-the-job training. Bartenders are generally responsible for:
- Mixing, pouring and serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Mastering cocktail recipes
- Keeping track of guests’ orders
- Washing glassware
- Ensuring bars are properly stocked at the start of their shift
- Keeping track of inventory, including wine, beer, spirits, mixers and garnishes
- Providing guests with friendly, conversational-style service
New York City is a unique destination in which to work as a bartender because it’s a job that has the potential to be so much more than a means to a regular paycheck. Bartenders, and particularly those who take up the profession full time, could go on to become mixologists, bar managers, sommeliers, wine and spirits directors and in NYC, bartenders may even opt to open their own drinking establishment or possibly even night club.
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