A degree in food service or hospitality management can help bar managers find employment, but many learn the industry through working as servers or bartenders. Most states have a minimum age requirement of 18 or 21 to work with alcohol, and a food handling or alcohol permit may be needed. Jobs for bar managers are expected to grow 6% by 2029.
Bar managers are in the charge of the day-to-day operations of all kinds of drinking establishments, from stand-alone bars to ones in restaurants or hotels. They are leaders, entertainers and organizers that ensure customers can enjoy drinks and music in a safe, welcoming environment.
They typically oversee alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage service, supervise and schedule staff, and make sure the bar is well-stocked and up to code. Bar managers also often handle marketing, curate entertainment like DJs or live music, and work with promoters to bring in customers. They need to have physical stamina and excellent customer service skills in order to work on their feet for long hours and deal with unpredictable people and situations. They also need to be business-minded and good at management.