In order to be good in anything, you will need to have access to the right tools and the same thing applies to bartending as well. If you do not have the correct bar tools, it will impact the taste and quality of your drinks. The time you have to spend on customer service will go up and ultimately, you will be making a lot less in tips (this also means less sales). It may be a little confusing when you are starting out as a bartender in the business to pick out the right kind of bartending supplies. It sometimes gets very difficult to tell as to what exactly is needed and what has been put out there just for the show.
If you are going to be bartending at some established pub, club or bar, you will however need access to professional bar tools from the very start – the ones that can really stand the abuse which the bartending tools have to go through while doing the job. However, if you are just going to be doing a thing at a home-based bar, then you would do just fine by going for the very basic of the bartending tools, you will not need to pay much attention to the durability aspect of your tools, you will need to paying more focus on aesthetics.
The bar towels
If you have ever been to a bar, you may have noticed how messy the things can get on either side of the bar area. Now if you do not have a bar towel close to your hand, you will be just left cursing the dirty hands you now have, the bar top that has gotten sticky and the filthy tips you will have at the end of the night. So, make sure you are never found without bar towels that are close by when you need to reach out for them. Make sure you have one on your station, one behind the bar and that you are cleaning the bar top at all times. You should also make sure that you have a dry bar towel close by for polishing glasses when they come out of the glass washer.
Bar mix pourers
These juice pourers and bar mix pourers are amazing when you are looking for look, speed, taste and freshness. The lesser used juices like grapefruit and pineapple cannot be left in the large cans after they have been opened for long periods of time. Also, it will not make you a whole lot of money if you keep running back and forth to the refrigerator for juices and mixes. Make use of these containers and keep them filled with your most often used mixes and juices and make the best of your service time as a bartender.
There are a lot more things you will need to get started. Most stores sell them as sets so you do not have to go looking for each individual item.