Tools of the Trade are the basic, personal equipment that all bartenders (and usually waiters as well) are expected to have on them at all times, as a basic requirement to perform their job. Some places might provide these items but it is usually a good idea to invest in a personal set that stays with you. Some bartenders will store these items in a pouch or apron pocket.
Your tools of the trade are as follows:
1. Bar Blade – There are many styles of bottle opener available however the bar blade is a great option for fast and efficient opening.
2. 2 x Pens – At least one pen is essential however keeping two is a good idea in case one stops working during your shift, you might have two guests signing credit cards simultaneously or someone might just want to borrow one for a moment.
3. Waiters Friend – These include a corkscrew and foil cutter and are very important for opening wine bottles. They can also double as a bottle opener.
4. Lighter – Although most bars are now non-smoking, it is still a good idea to have a lighter on you as they are still used in many situations behind the bar.
5. Dry Cloth – Should be clean and kept on your belt at all times. This cloth is generally used for wiping your hands and not for the bar counter etc.
6. Wet cloth – This is something that you must check for when you walk into a bar. It is used for wiping the bar counter and for wiping spills. Store near a soapy water bucket to be able to rinse out.