Bar Manager

A Bar Manager is usually responsible for a very wide range of duties. However, the main objective of this position is to oversee the various operations of a bar or pub. You will be expected to act as part of a team and provide knowledge and leadership to other staff. Having a flexible approach to this job role is definitely a necessary requirement, as hours tend to heavily vary.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


Personal Licence (APLH)

Total cost

Around £185 including your training, licence and basic DBS check

How to become a Bar Manager

To become a Bar Manager, you will likely need to first obtain a Personal Licence (APLH). 

To get a Personal Licence, you will need to successfully attend the 1 day course, as well as pass the multiple-choice exam. The Personal Licence Training Course starts at £119.99 and has a licence fee of £37.00, which is payable to your local council. You may also incur extra costs (estimated £25.00) when obtaining your basic DBS Check.

It is important to know that once you have a Personal Licence, it does not expire. 

Feeling overwhelmed about applying for your Personal Licence? No need to worry, as we have our Easy Apply Application System available. In 3 simple steps, we will have your Personal Licence Application sent to your Local Council, free of hassle. 

In addition to the APLH Qualification, you will likely be required to have previous experience in a Bar Staff role in order to become a Manager.

Become a Bar Manager

Start a successful career as a Bar Manager by following these steps:

Book your Personal Licence (APLH) training

This is the first step to become a Bar Manager

Pass the course

Successfully attend the 1 day course and pass the multiple-choice exam

Apply for your APLH Licence

You can apply for your licence after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence gain experience working in a bar and work your way up to becoming the Bar Manager







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Typical job description and responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Bar Manager can vary slightly depending on the company that you are working for. However, some of the most common responsibilities include; 

  • Monitoring staff activity
  • Ensuring all safety procedures are followed
  • Approving the sale of alcohol
  • Solving work-related issues

In summary, Bar Managers are expected to act as team leaders while ensuring a safe and fun environment for all guests in the establishment.

How much does a Bar Manager actually earn

The average salary of a Bar Manager can vary depending on previous experience, qualifications and the company that you are working for. 

Typically, Bar Managers can make anywhere between £11.00 to £22.00 hourly.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Detail Orientated
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Team Leader
  • Strategic Thinking

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