The hospitality industry is one of the most successful industries in the current economy. Though recession hit almost every major sector of the economy, the hospitality industry is one of the few which did not take a downturn. The state of the industry consistently increased every year in the past decade. This is due to various reasons – the desire of the global community to visit every part of the world, the wanderlust of millennials, and the push of central governments towards promoting tourism amongst others.
There are different job opportunities in the field of hotel management. It is no longer limited to chefs, food production, front office or housekeeping. It now includes glamourous jobs like bartender and night club manager, and peaceful jobs like spa and yoga retreat managers.
The latest ‘it-job’ is bartending!
With India expanding its palate and getting acclimatised to a variety of drinks, establishments hiring professional mixologists is the need of the hour. Many finer establishments already have skilled bartenders to make and serve drinks in an alluring manner since the job is not only about the drinks, but also its presentation.
There are several career opportunities in this field. They range from the beverage industry to the hospitality sector. You can start as a bartender in hotels, resorts, restobars, pubs, or nightclubs, and then move on to even become a bar manager for a chain of hotels and restaurant. You can also do some freelance work without being tied down to a single place.
Working for parties and event circuits will give you the freedom to choose the events you want to work for. You can also tie up with an event management team and attend events they take up including promotions.
Out of all the bartending jobs, the most glamorous and adventurous one has to be on a cruise ship. Beverage consultant or trainer are other options available.
Once you learn the secrets of the trade, you can also open your own bar and become an entrepreneur!
The primary job of a bartender is to mix the cocktails in the right proportions, make the beverage menu and serve it. While the amateur bartenders usually stick to recipes, the more experienced ones take liberty with their drinks and come up with their own concoctions.
It is a lot of glamour and fun behind the bar counter. However, apart from mixing drinks, a bartender has other things to take care of. You will be responsible for everything that is part of and happens in and around a bar. From keeping a check on the cleanliness not only in general, but also while serving the guests, to getting the bar stocked (fruits, garnishes, lime juice, and sugar syrup) and relished. The job also includes checking sales summary and briefing the bar team on any specials, offers, and new arrivals.
The opportunities in the field are boundless in both India and abroad. As mentioned before, once you have enough experience and exposure under your belt, you can start your won outdoor bartending business, or work with alcohol brands inactivation and training. The demand curve is expected to rise in India given the growth potential of several smart cities across the country.
It has been noticed that the hotel management students who would earlier go for food production or food management are now opting for bartending due to the sudden increase in the popularity of the job. The glamour quotient also helps!
This is why more and more colleges have now introduced a bartending course in their curriculum. Since more bars, hotels, and nightclubs are coming up in every city, the market for bartenders will continue.
While this field is still a male-dominated one, many women are also taking it up. The stigma attached to the profession is slowly dissipating and women are joining the ranks of some of the most competent and famous bartenders.
There are courses available in various colleges to learn bartending. The course usually starts from scratch including the basics of spirits, wines, beer, the essence of mixology, glasses used, billing, pricing, brands, bar ethics and alcohol awareness and licensing laws. To know more about the colleges that offer bartending as a course, check out this blog.
The scope of bartending has been flourishing for the past few years. Currently, the hospitality industry has become one of the largest employers. There is, therefore, a significant demand for hotel management professionals in India, especially trained bartenders. It is a lucrative job – if you have the people skills, make the most of it!