Bartending is more than pouring a drink
into a glass.
How good a bartender you are will
depend on a lot of things, like your
social skills, the actual bar you work
from, your looks, but mainly your skill.
And there is no such thing like skill
Bar tools and small equipment are
classified according to their use.
The 1st group is used for mixing and
The 2nd group for preparing condiments
The 3rd group for serving.
Small Wares for Mixing and
1) Bar spoon is a shallow spoon with a long
handle, ideally made of stainless steel.The
typical size is 25 to 28 cm. long. It is used for
stirring drinks, either in a drinking glass or in a
2.The Bar Strainer is a round wire spring attached
to a handle, the size if which fits the top of a
shaker or mixing glass.The bar strainer
prevents ice and fruit pulp from getting into the
glass when the drink is poured.
3. Fruit Squeezer is a hand size gadget used to
squeeze half of a lemon or orange at the
same time straining the juice to remove pulps
4.The funnel is used to transfer a liquid from
one container to another. It has a screen at
the wide end to strain out pulp and other
solid particles .Funnels must available in
5. Hand Shaker is a combination of a mixing
glass and a stainless steel container which is
made to fit on top of the glass.This is used to
shake drink ingredients together, with ice , as
they are mixed.
The stainless steel container is also known as
Mixing Cup, Mixing Steel, or Mixing Glass.
6. Ice Scoop is used to take ice from the ice bin.
It usually comes in 177 to 236ml.size.The
standard size make it easier for the bartender
to measure the exact amount of ice needed
for the mixed drinks.
Instead of the bare hands , ICETONGS are
used to pick up cubes of ice.
7. A jigger is used to measure out liquors for
cocktails and other mixed drinks. It measures
the liquor in ounces or fractions.
8. Mixing Glass is a heavy glass container in
which drink ingredients are stirred together
with ice. A typical mixing glass has a 473 to
503 ml. It should be heat treated and chip
9. A pourer is a device that fits into neck of a
beverage bottle. A pourer is attached to the
liquor bottle once it is opened. Pourers come
in three types; the slow, the semi fast, and
10.A muddler or muddling stick is a wooden
tool with flat end used for crushing one
substance into another. It designed like a
small baseball bat.
Tools and Equipment for
Garnishes and bar condiments are
a part of the bartender’s standard
supplies. Drinks are served
garnished with fruits or other food
items to enhance their
1. Bar Knife
is a small or medium size stainless
steel knife, with blade always kept
sharp to make the finished product
look neat and appealing.
2. Cutting Board
Ideally, the chopping board should
be made of rubber or plastic so that
no particles of food may stick to the
surface after washing.
3. Relish Fork
Is a 25 cm thin two tined fork made of
stainless steel.This is used to pick small items
such as pickles, cherries and olives from a
narrow mouthed bottle.
Also called router or stripper, is a special
cutting tool for making lemon twist.
This device peels away the yellow portion of
the lemon skin to exclude the white portion
underneath which imparts a bitter flavor.
SERVING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
The tools used for serving in the bar .
Stainless steel is the suggested material for
bottle and can openers.
1.The wine opener
Also known as the corkscrew
It doesn't really matter what model you use
as long as you are skilled with it. But if you
want to look professional, the "waiter's
corkscrew" model is what you need.
2. The bottle opener
The most used tool in a bar
A bottle opener is crucial for bartending.
The one you use depends on personal
preferences, but make sure you use it well.
The most simple model is made of metal and
is actually quite easy to use.
Unless you want to clean your bar every other
If you want to keep your bar clean and not
sticky, you need coasters.
There are 2 types of coasters.
One is made out of carton and can only be used
so many times.The carton will become wet and
eventually crack or tear. However, they are
cheap, you can print advertising on them and
you wouldn't mind when people take them
If you are a bartender in a more fancy and chique
place, chances are they'll be using reusable
coasters made of plastic, steel or any other
4. Swizzle sticks
Swizzle sticks have 2 purposes.
Foremost, they are used to stir the drink.
Secondly they are used to pick up pieces of
fruit or olives from the drinks without using