How Does Your Bar or Restaurant Celebrate The Holiday Season and Pass It On To Customers?

Whatever You Celebrate, may you find peace & happiness :)

Whatever You Celebrate, may you find peace & happiness :)

The holidays mean so many things to so many different people, of many religious beliefs etc.
What do you and your bar or restaurant do?

Do you give special discounts?
Have holiday themed parties?

Does your staff dress up?
Special music?

Special thanks to April Krause - Social Media Manager at National Satellite Center for the initial question.

Do You Have Any Stories?

Post Your Comments Below.

Thank you :)
Scott Young -
Author of eBook - 199 Ways To Increase Your Tips  Only $9.99 ( Over 300 Pages )

Founder of
www.ExtremeBartending.Com  20 Years, Creator of 25 Bar Tender DVD's, Flair Seminars At Your Bar
www.MixedDrinkRecipes.Net  Over 17,000 Free Drink Recipe

Is Bartender Training That Important? I’ve Heard Lot’s Of Bartenders Don’t Have Much Or Any Training.

Veteran barman Ivan Chew makes a round of shooters.

Veteran barman Ivan Chew makes a round of shooters.

"You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset."
Tom Hopkins - Americas #1 Sales Trainer

It’s true. Many people with bar jobs didn’t have any experience or formal bartending lessons at all. Some places hire & promote from within. Some places want to be fresh and open to their special way of doing things.

If you don’t have at least a foundation knowledge of bartending, you usually won’t get hired.
The more training/knowledge you have will increase your odds of getting a bar job quicker and succeeding at a much higher level.

Some people think any kind of training makes you look weak or not smart enough to learn on your own. It’s an ego thing. I think it’s just the opposite. The smartest & most successful people & teams in the world know that constant & continual learning & coaching from other people who have succeeded will bring you much more success and faster.

Having said that, it depends on who you ask and the attitude & confidence or OVER confidence that you take with you after whatever training you’ve done.

“I am Still Learning.” Michelangelo

Unfortunately, some bartenders who are fresh out of some kind of bartending school for mixology have an "I know it all now” kind of attitude.
Bar managers & other working & experienced bartenders don’t appreciate it and may not hire you because of it.

It’s not just annoying, it’s just not true. After you take any training course it’s a great start, or continuation of your learning, but you definitely still have A LOT to learn. We all do, no matter how many years we’ve been behind a bar.

I’ve always wanted to be the guy with the most knowledge I could. I just felt that the industry, and what people want, is always changing so I should always be looking for new things to learn from all sorts of people & ways.

I started my 25 year career at a basic 2 week bartending school. I’ve gone to seminars at trade shows, bought books, DVD’s, asked other bartenders etc. etc. Anything to give me an edge on how to be a bartender that attracts a regular crowd.

A great thing about bar jobs is that there is instant notification if you’re doing a good job or not. Reflected in how much tips you make.

Even if I can learn something that will make me $5 more in tips per night, that could end up being approx. $1,000 a year more ( depending on how many shifts you work ). Times that by a 10 year career behind the wood and you can see that a little bit of extra knowledge, can make a huge $10,000 difference over time.

I can tell you straight up that after 25 years in the hospitality industry... All the things i’ve done, people I’ve trained, I am definitely still learning.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Do You Agree?
Do You Dis-Agree?
Do You Have Any Stories?

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Like Netflix... Hundreds Of Training Programs For The Hospitality Industry

How Much Do Bartenders Make?

How much do bartenders make? Bartenders Mike Guthrie & Micah Hand show you :) Augusta, Georgia, USA.

How much do bartenders make? Bartenders Mike Guthrie & Micah Hand show you :)
Augusta, Georgia, USA.

A: The questions that many want to know is, how much do bartenders make? If I get a bar job will I make a bartender salary?

A bartender salary only happens when you take on management duties as well and you may make less money. It's all about the tips. You can make anywhere from $20 per shift plus your hourly wage to $100 - $200 per shift.
It can go even as high as $400 - $500 or more and everywhere in between.

What I can Promise you is that if you buy a subscription to our massive Digital Training Library ( We give you a 14 Day Free Trial ),
and you actually use what we teach you, You will definitely make more money.

Seriously, $14.95 per month is nothing as a bartender.
There are a lot of ways to make that… 3 people tip you $5.
15 people tip you $1. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind
that you will make your money back tenfold and more.

“Do what you do so well that they will
Want to see it again and bring their friends.”
Walt Disney

Like most industries, the better you are at what you do,
the more choices & opportunities you'll have.
But, there are many factors involved.
- Are you a bar back, bar porter or the bartender?
- What bar job venue do you work at?
- What type of bar/venue it is.
- How good is the location of your bar?

- What days or nights you work as a bartender
- How busy/popular your bar is.
- Which pouring station or well you are given?
- What other bartender/s you work with if you split tips?

- Are you a mostly serving waitresses bartender
  or a serving the guests directly bartender?

- How do you compare to the other bartenders in your city?
- How do you compare with the other bartenders in your own bar?
** And maybe the most important one….
- What level of skill, attitude & motivation YOU have.

It’s easy to say that the bartender who makes the most is the one who works a really busy sat night shift. And that’s usually true.
However, I have known lot’s of highly skilled bartenders who worked medium & even slow nights or days that, because of their overall excellence, made a whole bunch of money.

Or, that bartender started on the slower shifts and built them up because people wanted to come back and be served by them.

So, how much do bartenders make? A lot more in tips than on a bartender salary, and a lot more if you pick up a bartender book or 2 to continue learning.

What are your thought on this subject?

Do You Agree?
Do You Dis-Agree?
Do You Have Any Stories?

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Thank you :)
Scott Young
Founder of:
Like Netflix... Hundreds Of Training Programs For The Hospitality Industry

Becoming A Bartender. Why Do You Want To Be a GREAT Bartender?

Becoming a bartender with barwoman Perri.

Becoming a bartender with barwoman Perri.

Average servers work in average bar jobs, get average shifts, complain about everything, and make average money.
Scott Young
What do you like about a bar job?
Why not be average? Why make an extra effort?
What benefits are there to continue your learning & bartending training?

Have you found your passion in your work?

What inspires you to do what you do?

When you were becoming a bartender, what have you personally seen or gotten because of a choice to continue to improve? 
What motivates you to care enough about the job and your life, to think about how you can be a better Bartender? …an exceptional Bartender?

( I say this to every bartending school class I teach )
Why are you here today? 
I believe that it is imperative to understand why we want to do something before we do it.  This helps us to focus and do a good job.  For example, did you know that dolphins are so efficient at finding food for themselves and their young that they have freedom from worry and can devote a large percentage of their time for just playing?

Doesn't that sound great?  That’s what I want to be, a dolphin.
I am Still Learning - Michelangelo & especially me, Scott Young ;)

When I work a bar job, I want to be the best at what I do so that I’ll make the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time which gives me freedom from worry. 

I want to be the best bartender at my bar so that my employers will want me to stay,
give me job security, better shifts, raises, bonuses, flexibility of schedule and pats on the back, etc., all of which gives me freedom from worry.
I also want to be the best at my job because if I ever choose to leave my present employer, I want other offers lining up the same day, which also gives me freedom from worry. 

It’s a simple case of supply and demand.
The best have more fun, get better offers and more freedom. 
So, why not be the best?

So, tell us the story of when you were becoming a bartender.

What are your thought on this subject?

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Do You Dis-Agree?
Do You Have Any Stories?

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Thank you :)

Scott Young -

Founder of
www.ExtremeBartending.Com (20 Years, Creator of 25 Bar Tender DVD's, Flair Seminars At Your Bar )
www.MixedDrinkRecipes.Net  ( Over 17,000 Free Drink Recipes)

Who Is Scott Young? - By Harrison Barr

Scott Young teaches bartending classes to have more fun.

Scott Young teaches bartending classes to have more fun.

I met Scott Young when I was a young, naïve bar porter at The Roxy Cabaret, Vancouver, 1991. And I am going to admit right now that he annoyed the crap out of me. Why? Because Scotty was better than I was at what we were doing. Or at least that’s what I thought about him at the time. 

He’d come into work like he’d just gotten out of bed (he had). Set up his ice well. The night would get moving and he would flip bottles, pour drinks, flirt, charm, and dazzle guests at the bar all night. Then he’d leave with a ton of cash in his pocket and tip me out a decent percentage of that total. I resented him. 

Resentment, stupid right? As time went by I realized that it wasn't Scotty’s skills as a bartender and mixologist that bothered me so much. You had to be impressed with his flair bartending skills. But I had skills in other ways. Technically I was good and fast. I made a mean Caesar. Yet the wake up call for me came much later, years later in fact. The stark realization? I envied his attitude. 
( See His Full Bio With Pictures To Prove It Here )

( See His Story - A Bartender's Life: Living The Dream Here )

Attitude is everything. The right attitude brings in big money. 

Scotty had the best damn attitude about bartending that I’d ever come across. He was literally good with everybody. Nothing fazed him. He wouldn't get upset at all. Everyone was welcome to his bar and he always offered good service to all. He entertained. He took care of people and in turn people took care of him in the form of money, opportunities, and let’s just say various perks that come with the bartender’s job. 

I didn't have that attitude. Nor did I have his level of success at bartending.  

But this isn't about me. This is about Scott and the bartenders Book he’s written and compiled for you.  

It’s about your bartending career, your service career, your money and your success.  

199 Ways to Increase Your Tips is your eBook to bartending success.  

Subtitled How to Become a Truly Exceptional Bartender, 199 Ways to Increase Your Tips is the result of 1,000s of discussions with fellow bartenders as he traveled around the world teaching bartending classes, but also listening & learning.

Bartenders all sharing their passion and advice for their craft. Unique perspectives from those behind the wood, as they say.  His first eBook also comes from his own trial and error serving hundreds of thousands of people.

This unique eBook will, if you follow its advice, make you a truly exceptional bartender. It is the first step in bartending training in order to get you to that next level and outperform those around you. No matter how long you've been bartending, It is about how to become a bartender that stands out from the crowd.

199 Ways to Increase Your Tips is not just about bartending 

Servers and managers can benefit too! This insightful reference reads part smart business and part good bartender’s story. It is your guide to customer service with style. Seriously, anyone in the hospitality industry can benefit!

Yes, it’s written from the unique perspective of the night club bartender. It’s also a manual for any owner or manager on best practices for your staff.   

While Scotty poured behind the front bar at Vancouver’s notoriously famous The Roxy for over a decade he was studying. Even when traveling the world teaching his Bar Smart courses Scotty used to draw stories from many of his students. What kind of bartender were they? What are your experiences? 

Bartending is really so much more than just pouring a drink. The business is public relations. You’re a “good time” creator, a guru, a craftsman, a creator of memories.  

Whether you’re tattooed, pierced female bartender pouring for her admirers or a 5 star male cocktail maestro commanding a fine dining bar, you will have something to gain reading this book Regardless of how long you've been behind the wood.

Scotty studied bartending as a business and a craft. He formed his own flair bartending training company and the rest took off from there.  

In his years of teaching flair with his company Bar Smart Inc and later through the website Scott Young realized there is always a lesson to be learned in any situation. That’s where 199 Ways to Increase Your Tips enters. Scott’s 25 year career talking with bartenders result in a definitive reference for making more tips in the bar industry. And it goes far beyond night clubs and flair. 

199 Ways to Increase your Tips will give you confidence. The money is a bonus. 

Whether you are a bartender, server or manager 199 Ways to Increase Your Tips has something to offer you. Waitresses, all the customer service tips apply and Managers, you know as well as I do. Big tips are a direct result of big sales which makes a happy bar manager and happy bar tenders don't steal or change jobs.

What was the key to Scotty’s attitude and resultant success? Well, the right attitude comes from the right mind set. Scotty’s mind set is entrepreneurial. That is the key. Scotty was the first guy I knew to approach bartending not just some job, but see its potential as a personal business! 

Scotty recognized the potential of his situation. His great attitude, skill and his ability to relate to people were assets he capitalized on.  

Work on your skills by applying the advice in 199 Ways to Increase Your Tips: How to Become a Truly Exceptional Bartender. Dare to practice in your spare time. Get into it. Study the liquor you use. Create the drinks you makeUnderstand and relate to the people you meet. Understand PR. Treat bartending as your own personal business. Treat your customers/guests with enthusiasm. With success comes money. In fact, you can 

Make thousands more dollars a year.

Start by investing your hard earned money in becoming better. Invest in yourself. 

Buy 199 Ways to Increase Your Tips today!   Only $9.99  ( Over 300 Pages )
Gain confidence. Gain skill. Earn more tips. Everyone is happy. You have everything to gain and really nothing to lose. ( See Scott's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee )

Thanks, Scott for writing this bartender book. It’s an asset for any bar tender.
I wish I had it when I was still a bartender :)

Cheers to all! 

Harrison Barr 
Former Roxy Bartender and 10 year Granville Entertainment veteran 

PSIT’S GUARANTEED! Scott says if you don’t cover the cost of the eBook after one week of applying its advice, then he will refund your money. It’s based on the honor system...don’t hesitate.