bartending: flexible and fun part time employment on the side

By Toronto Bar School, 9/10/2023

Can I let you in on a little secret? You can keep your day job and make tons of money bartending part time. 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have experience as a bartender either – we teach that. If you have life experience, you’re reliable, you’re a good communicator and cool under pressure we can turn you into an expert mixologist.

Does this sound like you? Then we want you on our team and that’s what we are – a team. We’re not just another bartending school.

We actually believe that traditional bartending schools are a waste of time and money. 

A better appraoch is to become an expert through hands-on learning. 

We don’t waster your time in a classroom making pretend drinks for pretend clients.

Our classroom is bartending at real events. Each week you’re at a different venue, meeting new interesting people and making great tips. If that isn’t the definition of flexible and fun part time employment we don’t know what is. 

We know you want to start earning quickly and that’s what we want for you as well. 

Read on to learn why bartending is the flexible and fun part time work you’ve been seaching for. 

the appeal of bartending as part time employment

There aren’t too many part time gigs where you’re encouraged to interact socially with your clients, but it’s a must in the bartending world. 

The lively and social nature of bartending is essential in making sure event guests have the best experience possible. 

Let’s face it, the better experience they have, the higher your earning potential. If you don’t like talking to people, walk away now!

When you sign up to join our team you’ll meet countless new and interesting people and you’ll be encouraged to engage them socially. The better you are at netowrking, the more money you’ll make in tips.

That’s great for your pocketbook and great for our reputation. 

networking as an opportunity

Networking at events as an expert mixologist isn’t just a great way to increase your tips on the night, it can also lead to lasting connections with influential people. That can pay dividends down the line for you as well. 

Someone you meet on a saturday night bartending at an event could lead to a major opportunity that’s much more valuable than a tip!

As you develop your expertise as a mixologist, you’ll also be building a reputation. People in the industry will know who you are and that can make you an influencer within the bartending community. 

Influential people will request you by name and that can be great for your career in the long term. 

What other occupation will give you the ability to earn, save and have fun all at the same time?

Spoiler alert, there aren’t many!

event bartending is flexible by nature

If the only thing holding you back from taking on a part time gig is worry about it interfering with your full time job then bartending is the answer to that problem. 

You can bartend at events on the weekend when you’re not working and you don’t have to work every weekend either. You pick the days and you pick the hours. 

That’s a pretty sweet deal!

If you cousin’s getting married on a weekend, you just don’t schedule yourself to work an event that weekend. 

It’s that simple.

You’ll still have time for personal relationships as well. You could potentially work events Friday and Saturday evenings and that still leaves you Sunday for down time. 

That could mean an extra $500 a week in your pocket while still having “me” time to recharge and relax. In fact, 14% of all side hustlers make $1500 or more per month at their part time gig. That kind of extra monthly income can be life changing. 

That’s the kind of flexibility you can expect when you can choose to learn mixology through Toronto Bar School. 

bartending is flexible, fun and profitable

We’re not overinflating the potential of bartending as a part time side hustle. 

While it’s great to have fun in a flexible work environment on the weekends you are still doing it to make money. It’s the main goal.

Do you know what one of the best side hustles is to make tons of extra cash? You guessed it, bartending. 

It’s a great environment to work in and it’s a highly profitable one. 

You get a base rate of course, but that’s nothing compared to the earning potential of an expert mixologist. 

People want a great experience when they’re at the bar of any event. The best way to give that to them is through great conversation, exuding quiet confidence and making the best cocktail they’ve ever tasted. 

If you can do all three of those things at all or most of the events you work at, more often than not you’ll make great tips and that’s where the real money is.

Your base hourly rate and your tips may not be the only way that your bartending side gig will increase your earning potential either.

By working different events around the GTA you’ll also meet a lot of influential people. That can lead to networking opportunities and could even lead to financial opportunities and the potential to upgrade your day job. 

Not bad for a part time gig!

There’s more..

A part time bartending side hustle offers transferable skills

Being a bartender means you get to flex your creative muscles

Improved Communication Skills

Ever notice that the majority of bartenders also happen to be great communicators? That’s because they have a lot of practice. It isn’t easy communicating in a loud environment, but once you master that, getting your point across in your day job will seem like child’s play!

Get Better At Customer Service

Dealing with drunk patrons and learning the art of cutting someone off tactfully takes a great deal of skill. It’s easy to lose your patience when someone’s at their limit and doesn’t want to take no for an answer.

Arguing with them will get you nowhere fast!

Learning how to handle this type of situation in a calm and professional way will make you better able to handle all kinds of customer service issues in any industry. That’s a transferable skill you’ll be able to use for years to come.

Better Problem Solving and Planning

Working behind a bar isn’t just about serving drinks. There’s a ton of prep work and planning that goes on behind the scenes as well.

We may make it look effortless, but it isn’t!

A professional mixologist is also a logistics professional, a prep worker and a planning specialist.

Learning to multitask at busy events will improve your overall problem solving skills and make you a master event planner. That can come in handy in both your professional and your personal life.

part time bartending leads to better work-life balance

We have a ton of pressure on us every day both personal and financial.

A flexible part time gig that allows you to earn while still balancing everything else life throws at you can be a big help. After all, money is one of the biggest stessors in our life and taking that out of the equation can feel like you’ve opened the pressure valve on life.

Walking home on a Saturday night with $150 in your pockets feels pretty good!

We want to earn more, but we don’t always know how to do it while working a full time job and maintaining a social life. You can do it all when you’re a part time mixologist.

While you do need to be reliable and shown up, you have the flexibility to skip an event when life gets in the way. 

We get it, you have a life!

Ultimately, success as a part time mixologist will lead to better work-life balance by easing the financial burden without damaging your social life. 

Part time employment doesn't have to be boring

It isn’t all daisies and unicorns when you’re working part time as a bartender on the weekends.

It’s fast paced, it’s loud, it’s demanding and you’re on your feet the entire time. That all comes with the territory. 

The plus side is it’s also a lof of fun. It’s flexible work as well, so you can easily work around your regular schedule and you’ll learn a lot of great skills as you go.

Beyond that, you’ll be earning great money and that takes the pressure off of the basics like paying the rent and paying the utilities.

You get to keep up with your social life, because you’re still at great events every weekend – you’re just not spending all of your hard earned cash on your bar bill. 

Any part time gig where you can make tons of extra cash, have fun and network at the same time has obvious appeal.

If you’re ready to jump into the water, Toronto Bar School can help you attain the expert knowledge and skills you need to become a next level event bartender taking home more than $200 a night in tips alone.

Made Up Your Mind?

While personally, I love bartending, I recognize that it’s not for everyone. If you’ve decided that you’re ready for the challenge, why not begin your bartending training at Toronto Bar School?