What is a barback?


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A bar-back is an individual who essentially works as an assistant to a bartender. The bar-back's main role is to provide any assistance necessary to ensure that the bartender is able to complete required job duties quickly and correctly.

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Bar-backs are generally tasked with jobs that bartenders do not have time to do because their main focus is making drinks. For instance, a bar-back may be asked to clean dishes and counters while the bartender focuses on customers. Bar-backs also stock supplies as the bartender notices they are running low. Most bar-backs are paid an hourly wage and can earn a small percentage of the bartender's tips.

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