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Dictionary Definition

barkeep n : an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar [syn: bartender, barman, barkeeper, mixologist]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

compound of bar + keep, possibly a clipping of barkeeper

Pronunciation

  • (Canada) /ˈbɑrˌkiːp/

Noun

  1. a bartender
    • 1873: Bret Harte, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands
      I sez to the barkeep o' the hotel, "Show me the biggest doctor here."
    • 1999: Frasier (TV, episode 6.13)
      Barkeep, a couple of beers here, please?

Extensive Definition

A bartender (barman, barkeeper, barmaid, mixologist, tapster among other names) serves beverages behind a bar in a bar, pub, tavern, or similar establishment. This usually includes alcoholic beverages of some kind, such as beer (both draft and bottled), wine, and/or cocktails, as well as soft drinks or other non-alcoholic beverages. He/She "tends the bar". A bartender may own the bar they tend, or simply be an employee. Barkeeper carries a stronger connotation of being the purveyor i.e. ownership. In addition to their core beverage-serving responsibility, bartenders also:
  • take payment from customers (and sometimes the waiters or waitresses);
  • maintain the liquor, garnishes, glassware, and other supplies or inventory for the bar (though some establishments have barbacks who help with these duties);
In establishments where cocktails are served, bartenders are expected to be able to properly mix hundreds to thousands of different drinks.
Bartenders also usually serve as the public image of the bar they tend, contributing to as well as reflecting the atmosphere of the bar. In some establishments focused strictly on the food, this can mean the bartender is all but invisible. On the other extreme, some establishments make the bartender part of the entertainment, expected perhaps to engage in flair bartending or other forms of entertainment such as those exemplified in the films Cocktail and Coyote Ugly. Some bars might be known for bartenders who serve the drinks and otherwise let a patron alone, while others want their bartenders to be good listeners and offer counseling (or a "shoulder to cry on") as required. Good bartenders help provide a steady clientele by remembering the favored drinks of regulars, having recommendations on hand for local nightlife beyond the bar, or other unofficial duties. They are sometimes called upon for answers to a wide variety of questions on topics such as sports trivia, directions, or the marital status of other patrons.
In regions where tipping is the norm, bartenders depend on tips for most of their income. Bartenders are also usually responsible for confirming that customers are of the legal drinking age before serving them alcohol.

United States

In some states, bartenders are required to obtain certification as a condition of employment.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides extensive detail on the typical job requirements faced by bartenders in the United States, as well as employments and earning statistics by those so employed. For example, a November 2004 BLS study determined that Montana is the only U.S. state where over 1% of the state's workforce is employed as a bartender.
The following is the job description for bartenders used by the BLS:

References

  • [http://www.bebad.us/phazersonhigh/video/superbartender_web.wmv Super Bartender BeBad.us
barkeep in Catalan: Barman
barkeep in Czech: Barman
barkeep in Danish: Bartender
barkeep in German: Büffetkellner
barkeep in Spanish: Barman
barkeep in French: Employé de bar
barkeep in Italian: Barista
barkeep in Hebrew: מוזג
barkeep in Japanese: バーテンダー
barkeep in Norwegian: Bartender
barkeep in Polish: Barman
barkeep in Russian: Бармен
barkeep in Finnish: Baarimestari
barkeep in Swedish: Bartender
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