Private Party Bartender versus Bartending in a Bar

By · August 16, 2011 · Filed in Bartender Services Dallas

Private Party Bartender versus Bartending in a Bar

bartender serviceBartending for a bar, bartender service or event staffing company can be an exciting full or part time job. Becoming a bartender, bar back or temporary bar staff may not be as hard as you might think, and the rewards can be fantastic! Getting a bartender certificate from a bartending school is a traditional way to jumpstart your bartender career. Equally as good is to become a bar back or join a bar and beverage service to work your way up with informal temporary bartender staff training. But perhaps you are already a seasoned mixologist bartending in a bar but need a change of pace. Many bartenders and bar backs get their start working in a bar, but the lifestyle, the nighttime hours and bar atmosphere are not for everyone at all stages of life. That’s why many bartenders find that bartending for a temporary bartending service as a private party and event bartender works better for them.

For many aspiring bartenders, working in a bar is the” bartenders’ pinnacle of success”, but consider the advantages of bartending for a temporary bartender service instead of (or in addition to) bartending in a bar setting. Private party bartenders have exciting atmospheres, live music and everything else and more that a regular bar staff could hope to see. The main difference is that private party bartenders are exposed to the most expensive and elaborate parties and events that are hosted and toasted by the best known brands, celebrities and politicians.

In addition, private party and event bartenders have the advantage of an ever-changing atmosphere. Temp bartender staff many times get to work in the most beautiful homes, at the coolest makeshift bars, being cutting edge mixologists for new liquor brands. Bartending in a new place with a new theme and new faces every night is perhaps the most exciting aspect of being a part of a temp bartender service. It’s the ever-changing atmosphere that makes it so much fun!

In most cases, events with private party bartenders are not the grueling bartend all night sleep all day repeating scenario for a bartender in a bar. In most cases, temporary bartender services allow you to bartend when you want to, as they tend to be geared to the part-time temp bartender. Weekday parties and events end at a reasonable hour with a short cleanup as opposed to bartending in a bar until two in the morning then cleaning, doing a product count and cashing out. For those who have kids and a family, private party bartending can be a reasonable alternative to allow for a normal family life. For most private party bartenders, this allows them to have a normal day job too, which ultimately allows for more overall earnings.

Whether your desire is to bartend for a bartending service, a temporary bar staffing company or in a bar, bartending will always be an exciting career field. If it is a passing job or a way to make some extra money while supporting yourself through college, or supporting a family and a 9-5 career, consider that a temporary bar staff position or a bartending service company may work the best for you. But if you want the “all in” experience, then certainly you should work in a high volume bar also as it will always sharpen your skills and position you well for a part-time gig later on.


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