Employee Training Guide for a Bartender


Welcome to the Service Team of Riddles and Vittles. We hope the experience you encounter as you fulfil your duties as a Bartender will be very rewarding.

Bartending is a high profile job in the hospitality industry. It is through you that we at Riddles and Vittles extend the hospitality of this establishment to every guest. If you succeed in creating a pleasant atmosphere to which guests return, you are contributing to valuable service in the field of public relations.

Bartending offers many opportunities for personal development and growth. You meet people from all walks of life and from all over the world. You learn to cope with a broad range of people and situations. New friendships develop as you interact with co-workers and guests.

You have an opportunity to learn many aspects of food preparations, and the proper methods of presentation and serving.

Bartending is an interesting job, but it is not an easy job. With this in mind our manual has been prepared for your benefit. We ask that you study it (and any additional material we suggest) very carefully.

Being prepared for your job will make it much easier for you. The satisfaction of a job well done, and the resulting financial rewards are direct results of the effort you've put into your job.

In any job, reliability and punctuality are of prime importance.

  • All staff must come in on time. If you are sick or cannot make it to work for some other reason, or you are going to be late, call the hostess at 555-5555. All shifts must be filled for operations to run smoothly. If you are sick, the following are recommended guidelines for calling in sick.
  • If scheduled for morning shift, call the night before and speak to the hostess.
  • If scheduled for evening shift, call the morning of that shift and notify hostess.
  • make sure your uniform is clean and pressed;
  • have your clean, white, ironed Riddles & Vittles T - Shirt;
  • be sure your footwear (white running shoes - no logos ) is comfortable, clean, and in good condition;
  • have clean white socks;
  • have clean, well pressed red shorts;
  • make sure you are wearing a minimum of jewellery and make-up:
  • Be sure you are wearing your name tag. It is an important part of your uniform;
  • personal cleanliness is a must, as is a clean, neat hair style. Long hair must be attractively tied back.


  • Filling bar orders and delivery of drinks;
  • Wine service;
  • Keeping bar inventory;
  • Prepare liquor order list;
  • Stocking of bar at start of shift:
    limes, lemons, maraschino cherries, worcester sauce, tabasco sauce, ice, oranges, peach juice, clamato juice, strawberry juice, lime juice, rhubarb juice.
  • Inform MC of any specials;
  • Horn blasting with announcement of Bingo winner announcement: "We have a winner!"
  • Horn blasting with announcement of Bingo winners Name and Home;
  • Restock glasses from kitchen;
  • Mop down bar floor and area around Bingo caller and clean up bar;
  • As time allows:
      -   help give balloons out to departing kids
      -   support Bingo caller by calling games
      -   if hostess and MC are occupied, greet guests:"Good evening. Welcome to Riddles & Vittles - the Hostess will be with you in a moment."


GLWW = Glass of white wine GLRW = Glass of red wine
1/2LWW = ½ litre of house white wine K-RF = Kids riddler's fancy
LWW = 1 litre of house white wine A-RF = Adult riddler's fancy
LRW = 1 litre of house red wine PB = Peach Bum
1/2LRW = ½ litre of house red wine SD = Strawberry daiquiri


A) Reasons For Responsible Alcohol Service

  • server is legally obligated
  • avoids legal sanctions

B) Factors Affecting Intoxication

  • rate of consumption;
  • full versus empty stomach;
  • size and ideal body weight;
  • previous experience with alcohol;
  • mood;
  • presence of other drugs in the body.

C) Possible Signs of Intoxication

  • becoming overly friendly;
  • changes in volume or rate of speech;
  • disturbing other customers;
  • foul language.
  • complains about weakness of drink;
  • changes in consumption rate;
  • becoming argumentative;
  • orders doubles.
  • lights more than one cigarette at a time;
  • seems unable to focus eyes properly;
  • seems unable to concentrate;
  • slurred speech;
  • unreasonable sweating.
  • difficulty in picking up change or cigarettes;
  • spills drinks;
  • staggering;
  • unable to sit upright, falling asleep briefly.

These behaviors, though not always indicative of intoxication, are examples of possible
reactions to alcohol, and are offered as a guide to help identify intoxication.

D) How to Use Intervention Strategies

  • Slow rate of alcohol service;
  • Offer food or non-alcoholic beverages as alternatives to alcohol;
  • Promote activities other than drinking;
  • Enlist aid of guest's friends to slow or cease guest's alcohol consumption.

E) Strategies to Cut of Alcohol Service to Guests Who Are Intoxicated

  • Notify supervisor and co-workers;
  • Use calm, courteous and firm approach;
  • Avoid using emotionally charged words (eg drunk);
  • Listen and empathize with guest but neither or back down;
  • Communicate intent to guest privately - to reduce embarrassment;
  • Identify and enlist the aid of sober friends.



  • Think of yourself as a Salesperson!
  • Your section - dining room is your store. Guests enter your store to buy not browse.
  • Take advantage, sell them on yourself, your restaurants delicious food and tasty beverages.
  • Share your knowledge of the menu, make guest's fill special and well taken care of.
  • Think of your section as your "store".
  • When your section is full of customers, take advantage and suggest cocktails, appetizers, extra's, wines, and desserts that will enhance the guest's dining experience.
  • The biggest mistake an employee in the food and beverage industry makes, is believing that they are working for someone else.



  • A Guest is the most important person in the food service business.
  • A Guest is not dependent on us - we are dependent on him.
  • A Guest is not an interruption of our work - he is the purpose of our work.
  • A Guest does us a favor when he calls - we are not doing him a favor by serving him.
  • A Guest is part of our business - not an outsider.
  • A Guest is a human being with feelings and emotions - just like our own.
  • A Guest is a person who brings us his wants - it is our job to fill those wants.
  • A Guest is deserving of the most courteous and attentive treatment we can give him.
  • Every Guest is a " VERY IMPORTANT PERSON ", it is our responsibility that he is waited on quickly, quietly, and efficiently.



  • go to the beach
  • join in the great Island Scavenger Hunt
  • go golfing
  • go to the horse races
  • take a seal watching tour
  • rent bicycles
  • deep sea fishing cruises
  • walking tour
  • get tickets for the musical
  • go horseback riding
  • tour one of our many craft studios
  • dig for clams
  • try the go - carts
  • visit the many attractions (specify)
  • enjoy a cycling or hiking adventure
  • visit the library
  • go shopping
  • take a tour on a double decker bus
  • drop in on a festival



The following is a list of our restaurant policies. It is your responsibility to know, understand, and
follow each policy at all times.

1. Uniforms must be clean and ironed and worn at all times. The uniform for waitresses:

  • Clean white running shoes, (no logos)
  • Clean white socks
  • Red shorts
  • Clean, white, ironed F&V t-shirts with crisp logo
  • Name tag

2. Personal Hygiene:

  • bath or shower daily
  • good dental hygiene
  • clean hands and nails ( Nails short and clear nail polish

3. Long hair must be worn off the shoulders and tied back away from the face so as not to interfere with food service.

4. Gentlemen must be clean shaven and hair kept neat and clean.

5. Employees must punch in only when they are scheduled to begin work unless asked to do otherwise. You will be paid for scheduled time only.

6. Staff meals - one per shift, as shown on a staff menu, are available at a reduced price. These must be eaten in the kitchen BEFORE punching in. There must be no eating during your shift either in the kitchen or dining-room. Staff meals are only for those people who are on shift and working. Details will be posted in the kitchen. To avoid embarrassment to yourself and management PLEASE honour this policy.

7. The telephone at the restaurant is a business phone. It must not be used for social reasons. We will not page staff to leave work to come to the phone. Please inform friends of this.

8. A regular size pop is 25 cents for staff while on shift only. All food and pop must be paid for when you get it. All staff food must be entered in the STAFF MEALS book for inventory purposes.

9. If you are not working you should not be at the restaurant. If you are waiting for other staff members please do so outside. No loitering in the waitresses station or outside the door.

10. Your pay cheques will be deposited in your bank account every second Friday. Your pay period runs from Sunday to Saturday inclusive.

11. Please do not ask to have cheques cashed at the restaurant. The only cheques we accept are Travellers Cheques. No personal or government cheques of any kind are to be cashed.

12. Anyone caught stealing will be dismissed immediately. This includes all food items.

13. When answering the phone, it should be answered pleasantly in the following way: " Good morning/afternoon/evening, Riddles and Vittles. _______speaking."

14. Employees are entitled to breaks. Breaks are issued by the supervisor, according to shift worked and in a fair manner. One hour non-paid break is to be taken for every 5 hour work period.

15. When you are scheduled for a shift, it is your responsibility to be there on time. If you are unable to come to work please phone as early as possible so - a replacement can be called in.

  • If you are sick, the following are recommended guidelines for calling in sick.
  • If scheduled for morning shift, call the night before and speak to hostess.
  • If scheduled for evening shift, call the morning of that shift and notify the hostess.

Please do not call just before you are expected to begin your shift saying you cannot work. This is
very unfair to your co-workers and places impossible demands on them.

16. Please know your work schedule. All schedule changes must first be approved by the hostess. Requested days off must be written in calender journal. Requested days off are not automatically granted; however, every attempt will be made to fulfill your request. Schedules provide an approximate number # of hours working that shift. Supervisor can request you stay longer or leave early if not busy. Schedules are posted weekly on Fridays. The staff does not have time to go checking schedules. You alone are responsible for knowing your shift time, and we insist that you refrain from calling the restaurant. This will minimize incoming calls and staff interruptions.

Smiling is part of our restaurant policy. Remember, friendly service is always essential. A relaxed,
friendly atmosphere is a critical part of dining out. Our primary product is a social experience in
which food plays only a part. We are in the business of creating happiness. Happiness among our
staff members is quickly noticed by our guests. A disgruntled, "couldn't care less" attitude is noticed
just as quickly. Let's all endeavor to do our utmost to cheerfully complete each responsibility
we've done your best is a great satisfaction to you. It also earns immeasurable respect from your co- workers and management.


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