Where do bartenders work?
The majority of bartenders work at restaurants and other eating places, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 5 Places Bartenders Work
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data about where bartenders across the country work. Here are the five types of groups bartenders work for:
1. Restaurants - This might come as a bit of a surprise, but most bartenders work in restaurants rather than bars. In 2017, 279,000 bartenders worked in restaurants and other eating places.
2. Bars - Bars put the bar in bartender, and they are the second most common place for a bartender to work. 171,000 bartenders worked at bars.
3. Civic and Social Organizations - Member groups also employee bartenders in their restaurants and bars. 42,000 bartenders worked for these groups in 2017.
4. Travel/hotel - some of the biggest alcohol sellers in tourist-friendly cities are hotels rather than standalone bars. 41,000 people tended bar for these places.
5. Amusement/recreations - Casinos, marinas, and amusement parks are also possible employers for bartenders. 26,000 bartenders were employed at these establishments.
The data show that it's not just bars and restaurants that might employ you after you finish bartending school. Ask your bartending school what sort of placement services they have to get an idea of the opportunities you'll have.