This course will cover the main three areas of the bar: Front of House, Back of House and Office.
The Front of House (FoH) is the open public area that is the face of the establishment. It is the area where guests will come to purchase food and beverage in a social effort to mix and mingle with others. As bartenders, you are the hosting personality of the FoH and it is your duty as a professional to accommodate appropriately.
The Back of the House is the back of house is all area behind the scenes in the establishment. These areas include the kitchen, walk in coolers and freezers, the dry storage room, utility rooms and closets, and of course, the business office. Larger establishments may have locker rooms, break rooms, and even multiple offices for human resources, finance, etc.. The back of house is off limits to guests. Access to many areas in the back of house may require a key such as the liquor storage room.
This lesson also takes a look at some of the administrative areas that come with the job. The Office area is where all administrative business involving employees takes place. This is where the bartender will retrieve their drawer and bank and do their daily or nightly cash drop. Management typically will dictate how all cash will be handled as well as any operational procedures that affect employees.
- Introduction to bar setup
- The main three areas of the bar