Bar Supervisor

Bar Supervisors are responsible for assisting with all bar operations. This includes providing a high level customer service, measuring health and safety procedures and the budget. The typical responsibilities of a Bar Supervisor can heavily vary, depending on where you work. However, the main objective of this position is to oversee a team of employees or a specific event. Having a flexible approach to this job role is a necessary requirement, as hours tend to heavily vary. You will likely be required to work weekends, including late evenings.

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 Supervisor

To become a Bar Supervisor, 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. 

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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 Bar Supervisor.

Become a Bar Supervisor

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

Book your Personal Licence (APLH) training

This is the first step to become a Bar Supervisor

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 Supervisor







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Typical job description and responsibilities

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

  • Assisting the team of staff that you are managing
  • Assisting the operation that you are managing
  • Approving the sale of alcohol
  • Basic administrative duties
  • Ensuring safety and efficiency

In summary, Bar Supervisors are expected to act as support to their fellow team while acting as a point of management when needed. 

How much does a Bar Supervisor actually earn

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

Typically, Bar Managers can make anywhere between £8.50 to £16.00 hourly.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Flexible
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Team Leader
  • Empathetic
  • Quick Thinker

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