1. How good of a bartender are you really?You did it in college. You do it when you are short a bartender for a busy shift. You do not do it everyday like your regular employees. Openings MUST go as smooth as humanly possible. This is your chance to shine as a new establishment. Don’t waste your night looking up cocktail recipes and fumbling around on a point of sale system. You will only make your eager guests wait longer than they should for a drink. Leave it to the professionals.
2. You are probably not a mixologistSticking to cocktail making, are your mixing skills guest-worthy? You get one chance to make a first impression. Reading off a recipe doesn’t require much skill but getting the measurements right, proper garnishes, and using correct glassware takes practice. The art of bartending is something that has been perfected by the professionals and is best left in their hands. They will ensure tasty concoctions fit for the varied tastes of your guests.
3. Where’s the flair?Okay, so your hourly bar staff may not throw bottles in the air like Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Nevertheless, their very presence creates an atmosphere of entertainment in keeping with the mood of the crowd. These professionals are capable of interacting with the guests and serving them drinks tailored to their taste. Be it a sports bar or a fine dining venue, having a professional bar staff behind the drink counter will certainly give a more professional feeling to your event.
4. It’s your party, go have funThe best thing about having a bar staff for a soft open is that, while they stay busy serving your customers, you can take care of more pressing matters, such as, inquiring after your guests about the quality of service. If you are busy behind the counter, it is likely you will miss out on making some wonderful memories with the guests at your opening. Take the time to socialize and acquire valuable feedback from your customers.
Great bartenders realize that the customer is king, it is their satisfaction that counts more than anything else! Let them do what they do best (sling drinks and wow guests) while you do what you do best (run the show).