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Tips for Serving and Bartending at Private Events

August 17, 2021

Having BASSET certified servers and bartenders on hand at private events like weddings, graduation parties, or bar and bat mitzvahs is a smart move, and it’s becoming more common. Everyone at an event is there to have a good time together, and having qualified servers and bartenders not only lets all the attendees  focus on the fun, it also keeps everyone safer during the festivities and after. If you’re that BASSET certified server or bartender, here are a few reminders of key practices that will keep things safe when you work a private event.


When in Doubt, Always Ask for an ID

It may be a family affair, but checking for identification is always a good idea. Underage drinking is dangerous, and it is also against the law. Be on the lookout to identify a fake I.D. to help keep everyone out of trouble and keep the party on the up and up. The easiest way to do this is to clearly post that all IDs will be checked, that way no one has a reason to be surprised if you ask for one. If you have any doubt whatsoever about your guest being 21 years old, it’s always best to ask for their ID. If they’re old enough to drink, then they shouldn’t have a problem with you checking their ID.


Watch for Signs of Intoxication & Have A Plan

If uncle Bob is headed your way and you notice any signs he’s had enough, be ready to refuse to serve him.

Anytime you have to cut someone off, and especially at an event, keep it as matter-of-fact as possible. You’re just doing your job. It’s not really your call – you cannot serve them if they’ve reached their limit or the next drink will push them over the edge. It’s the law.

Always remember that you have no discretion when it comes to cutting people off. If you have reason to believe that someone may be intoxicated or that the next drink may cause them to be intoxicated, then you’re legally obligated to cut them off. If they ask for just a half glass of wine, your answer must be no.


Tips Are Not the Boss of You

Tips are your bread and butter, no denying it. But, tips are not the law. Sometimes attendees at events are bolder than at more public establishments. Be prepared not to allow the offer of generous tip to sway your judgment about whether to serve another drink. Similarly, be prepared for Uncle Bob to get stingy about the tip if you cut him off. It sucks for sure, but one tip is not worth creating legal liabilities for yourself and potentially ruining your career.


Set Expectations Early-On

A pre-event meet-up with the host, preferably at the venue, can make or break the event. Not only do you need to know what is expected of you, you may also need to set some expectations with the host. If you can get a preview of any favorite cocktails, that will make your night easier. If the host is aware you’ll be checking IDs, things are much more likely to go well on the big night. Think through as many questions and issues you might face during the event, and get as much cleared up ahead of time as possible.


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At BASSET On The Fly, we’ve been in your shoes. We’ve served, bartended, and managed private events just like you, and we know how challenging some situations can be when it comes to selling and serving alcohol. That’s why we’ve got you covered and created the fastest, most user-friendly online BASSET certification course for seller-servers in Illinois. Our On-Premise and Off-Premise BASSET certification courses are 100% online, self-paced so you can proceed through the material as fast as you want, and cost just $12.99. Get your BASSET card online today!

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