A barback is a bartenders’ assistant. They work behind the bar next to the bartenders. Many of their duties are similar to the bartenders’ duties.
Please Note: Barback duties are different for every establishment. Some establishments don’t have barbacks at all.
Setting Up The Bar
- Get ice for all the wells. This is the first thing that should be done. Without ice, mixed drinks can’t be made.
- Prepare fruit trays. Garnishes are important for drinks. Make sure there are some backups.
- Restock the bar with beer, liquor, wine, glassware, juices, etc. Make sure that everything is at the bar and that there are enough backups for the shift. Note: Always rotate the products.
- Check the draught beers to make sure they’re working and that they’re not empty. If they’re empty, change the kegs. Note: Do not lift a keg by yourself. Always get somebody to help you and always lift with your legs and not with your back.
- Get trash cans and towels.
- Make sure that the bar is clean before opening it.
- Collect empty glasses from the bar.
- Wash glassware. When washing glassware, use warm soapy water to wash, clean water to rinse, and cold sanitizer to sanitize the glassware.
- Wipe the bar top constantly.
- Restock anything at the bar.
- Help the bartender on anything that he/she needs.
- Wash all the glassware.
- Restock beer, liquor, etc.
- Clean the bar.
- Place dirty towels in their appropriate location.
- Get rid of the trash and boxes.
- Make sure that the beer cooler is clean and organized.
- Always “Close to Open.” This means to leave everything ready for the next day.