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    Whats everyones experience of working behind a bar? I'm 17 and i have been told that when I turn 18 in november that my local bar will hire me for the christmas shifts, but I have also been told that I would of been able to of started now if they didnt already have staff.

    Being 17, it would of meant that I wouldnt be able to serve anyone unless a coworker who is over 18 was behind the bar with me, and as soon as they werent behind the bar that I wouldnt be able to take any orders. Has anyone heard of this before?

    But anyway, I just want to hear peoples opinions who have experience so I know what I might be getting myself in for. Thanks!
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    If you're 17 you are not allowed to serve alcohol full stop.

    Bars are busy noisy places, you have to deal with drunk people and unsociable shifts. But it can be good fun as you're part of a very sociable atmosphere.
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    I think if you're under 18 you can't take money for alcohol. A lot of places will allow this when supervised but I'm not sure exactly what is technically legal. Different pubs work in different ways regardless of the law :yep:

    I started at xmas too by the way! Got chucked in at the deep end and had to learn FAST! It was great Just the way I like it.
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    (Original post by smellslikemarmite)
    If you're 17 you are not allowed to serve alcohol full stop.
    Thats exactly what I said to my parents, but they were adamant that the pub owner said what I had said above!
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    (Original post by Joeleh)
    Thats exactly what I said to my parents, but they were adamant that the pub owner said what I had said above!
    Well then the landlord is breaking the law.

    EDIT: Sorry, I should probably clarify that you can serve if the premises serve meals.
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    (Original post by Joeleh)
    Whats everyones experience of working behind a bar? I'm 17 and i have been told that when I turn 18 in november that my local bar will hire me for the christmas shifts, but I have also been told that I would of been able to of started now if they didnt already have staff.

    Being 17, it would of meant that I wouldnt be able to serve anyone unless a coworker who is over 18 was behind the bar with me, and as soon as they werent behind the bar that I wouldnt be able to take any orders. Has anyone heard of this before?

    But anyway, I just want to hear peoples opinions who have experience so I know what I might be getting myself in for. Thanks!

    (Original post by smellslikemarmite)
    Well then the landlord is breaking the law.

    EDIT: Sorry, I should probably clarify that you can serve if the premises serve meals.

    Here's what I found, I know it's a rugby website but it does state that 'according to 'x' law':

    http://clubs.rfu.com/Clubs/portals/R...ngAlcohol.aspx

    And this backs it up:

    http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/o...0Penalties.pdf

    According to the licensing act, an under 18 year old can serve alcohol providing it is approved by someone responsible.
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    Ok cool thanks

    So now, what are peoples experiences from working behind a bar
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    (Original post by Joeleh)
    Ok cool thanks

    So now, what are peoples experiences from working behind a bar
    I worked behind a bar for 3 years... what you want to know? Good bits? Bad bits? Feel free to ask anything!! I just don't know what you wana know!
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    I LOVE it! It's so sociable and you make loads of friends! When you get into it it's not even that stressful; you get into the flow of it and reap the benefits of customers relishing your efficiency and friendly service!

    But always always always smile! You'll get many more compliments that way
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    (Original post by shorty.loves.angels)
    I worked behind a bar for 3 years... what you want to know? Good bits? Bad bits? Feel free to ask anything!! I just don't know what you wana know!
    Is it not really, really awful? A club which is full of drunks, really loud music so it's hard to hear orders, a never ending flow of customers and angry drunks that are impatient and take it out on you before firing the words "vookkaa n co..".

    I always feel bad for the bar staff when I'm out. Especially when the clientèle of the place I'm at are scumbags.
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    (Original post by eden-flower)
    I LOVE it! It's so sociable and you make loads of friends! When you get into it it's not even that stressful; you get into the flow of it and reap the benefits of customers relishing your efficiency and friendly service!

    But always always always smile! You'll get many more compliments that way
    I'll definitely second every word of this!

    Also: It helps if you can handle a bit of banter. Socialising in there I found was pretty good for customer satisfaction too! ALWAYS take a drink if you're offered one! Even if you can't drink on shift, you can have it after/have something non-alcoholic/whatever and I think it's polite

    There are **** parts too, such as being moaned when it's far too busy too cope (especially when you're colleague is outside being sick :mad: ) but just smile and be apologetic and carry on. Don't get wound up... it doesn't give off good signs!

    If you find it stressful at first, don't worry, you'll soon get into the rhythm/swing and be throwing glasses about and pouring pints with your feet/head/anything to be more efficient :p:
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    Be prepared for extremely unsociable hours and alot of gropage from old women. If the people you work with are a good laugh then it can be great fun. Plus it's a good way to meet the ladies, i got a few numbers from my days manning the pumps.
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    (Original post by Joeleh)
    Ok cool thanks

    So now, what are peoples experiences from working behind a bar


    Good bits: sociable, chatty, not that hard, get drinks bought for you, can make friends and flirt, you get to know alcohol better than many

    Bad bits: drunken rudeness, chauvinist men, mistakes can be stressful but easily solved


    Advice: remember that you don't have to serve someone alcohol. Be firm, especially when they are rude to you. Smile a lot, and do try to chat and say the pleases and thank yous. Welcome people as they look at you =]
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    (Original post by 300mg)
    Is it not really, really awful? A club which is full of drunks, really loud music so it's hard to hear orders, a never ending flow of customers and angry drunks that are impatient and take it out on you before firing the words "vookkaa n co..".

    I always feel bad for the bar staff when I'm out. Especially when the clientèle of the place I'm at are scumbags.
    Ha yeh there was nights like that too. In fairness I worked in a pub but it was very similar to that at weekends! I think you just learn how to deal with people. For example, drunks will never remember what you said to them next time they're in, so ignoring them completely/telling them to order when they're not falling over etc is usually only a problem for like 2 minutes and then they forget...

    Some customers are just ********* full stop. I just tended to be even nicer to them :p: You have to be firm sometimes though. People who try to pressure you to serve after last orders can be a nightmare, I just used to tell them politely I couldn't once or twice and after that I'd be really firm ignore them after that.

    On the whole working in a pub was the best part time job I ever had. Until my boss started to be a complete **** :yep: then it was time to leave.
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    (Original post by Communist Daughter)
    Plus it's a good way to meet the ladies, i got a few numbers from my days manning the pumps.
    Hell yes, there's nothing more attractive for a punter than being hit on by the sexy barman/girl with an awesome bar-side manner :awesome: you're many times more likely to pull!
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    you can sell if your under 18, but you have to have concent for every pint, which is just unpractical really. I love bar work, a nice pub, good chat, nice and chilled. And cause I had my license, I got to run the place, which was very exciting!
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    (Original post by eden-flower)
    Hell yes, there's nothing more attractive for a punter than being hit on by the sexy barman/girl with an awesome bar-side manner :awesome: you're many times more likely to pull!
    I actually get hit on by guys more than girls when i work which isn't exactly ideal. They can be very... forward.
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    (Original post by philip67)
    you can sell if your under 18, but you have to have concent for every pint, which is just unpractical really. I love bar work, a nice pub, good chat, nice and chilled. And cause I had my license, I got to run the place, which was very exciting!
    Yay, someone agreed with what I thought! My boss just made sure there was always 'consent' by always having an 18+ person on the bar with the under 18 year old. Think it only happened with one staff though.
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    (Original post by Joeleh)
    So now, what are peoples experiences from working behind a bar
    If you get the right kind of night with the right people, it can be a lot of fun. I know I used to have fun at Rock City, especially on a Saturday. But now they've sold out and are catering music-wise to generic mindless students, the DJs are playing a lot of the same **** everywhere else is playing, which attracts a worse crowd and can seriously make a night miserable for me.
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    (Original post by smellslikemarmite)
    If you're 17 you are not allowed to serve alcohol full stop.

    Bars are busy noisy places, you have to deal with drunk people and unsociable shifts. But it can be good fun as you're part of a very sociable atmosphere.
    wrong!
    you can serve alcohol as long as you are supervised for each service
 
 
 
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