Bartending At Hotels

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Bartending in a Hotel

Bartending at an upscale hotel is a great job. You get to meet people from all over the world and make great contacts that can help the bartender in another career if they choose.

Hotel bartenders usually earn a higher hourly income, from $7.00 to $12.00 an hour plus tips. Tips in a hotel bar are usually pretty good as most of the customers are on expense accounts or a vacation budget.

In a lot of cities convention business is a main stay of the Hotel's income, where you have business people from out of state or out of  town constantly coming into downtown hotels for 3-5 day business meetings. 

Most business travelers and vacationers will pay by credit cards. Studies have shown that customers who pay by credit card will tip at a higher percentage than those customers who pay by cash.

Most upscale hotels offer full benefits to their staff such as;

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Free Meals
  • Free Uniforms
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Education Assistance
  • Discounts on Lodging
  • Free or Discounted Parking
In addition, many business hotels are busy five days a week from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon. The opportunity to make big tips is much greater due to the larger number of busy shifts a hotel bartender will receive. The hours can also be a big advantage, most Hotel bars close early through the week so the shifts mix well with people who have additional responsibilities or jobs during the daytime hours.