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Bar Manager / Publican

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€24k > 42
Bar Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 42
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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While this occupation features regularly in the vacancy data, no evidence of shortages has been identified.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Catering & Bar Managers

Also included in this category:

Kitchen managers; floor managers (restaurants); catering and bar managers.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Non-Nationals: 20%
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At a Glance... header image

Responsible for the entire operation of the bar including stock, cash, recruiting and training staff. 

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Going to the pub is one of the most traditional leisure activities in the country. It's the job of publicans to make sure that customers in the pub are happy, while the business makes a good profit.  
Publicans are independent, self-employed business people who own the pubs that they run.  
There are also different kinds of pub, including wine bars; inns; cafe bars; theme bars; super-pubs and, of course, traditional pubs. In some, the focus is on creating a family atmosphere. In others there is live entertainment. Many pubs serve food ranging from snacks at lunchtime to high quality, restaurant standard meals. Whatever kind of pub you want to run; there are common elements to the kind of work you will have to do.  
One of the biggest parts of the publican's job is to manage the staff. There are bar staff and cleaners, and there may be catering staff. Many could be part-time, so the work has to be organised so that there are the right number of people on duty at any one time.  
Publicans train, organise and motivate staff. They also do stock control, re-ordering supplies of food and drink before they run out. They supervise beer deliveries, do the pub's banking, and think about (and organise) activities, entertainment and special offers that will bring in more customers. A publican is responsible for the health, safety and security of the premises, staff and customers.  
Publicans also do the same work as their staff. They serve customers, collect and wash empty glasses, clear ashtrays, take orders for food and wait on tables.  

A very important part of a Publicans job is enforcing the law regarding the sale of alcohol on the premises. Publicans are required to have an age identification policy and ensure that all staff are fully aware of it.

Publicans are also responsible for ensuring they have renewed their Publican’s License on time and as often as is required.

Publicans or licensees are often employed to run a pub or bar on behalf of a pub chain or brewery. Leaseholders, tenants and free traders are business people who put their own money into the pub and business. ​

Some publicans live in the pub that they run, so they are always on call.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Collect money for drinks served.


Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.


Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.


Balance cash receipts.


Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.


Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.


Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.


Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.


Clean bars, work areas, and tables.


Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Sales and Marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

If you want to be a publican you'll need to be an all-round organiser, worker, business manager and sociable person. You'll need leadership skills to motivate staff and excellent interpersonal skills for handling customers. Some customers like a friendly ear to talk to, so you should be able to get on easily with people. You also need to be able to spot trouble before it happens and calm the situation.  
As well as sound business sense and an imaginative outlook, you'll need lots of energy - the hours are long and the work is physically demanding. You could be supervising a delivery of beer before breakfast and updating the pub's computerised accounting system at midnight. A publican requires a lot of stamina as pubs are very busy and noisy and you are on your feet for most of the time and will often have to change heavy beer and larger barrels.

Financial and numeracy skills are vital for handling cash and book-keeping. Tact and diplomacy may be required when dealing with demanding customers. 

Entry Routesheader image

Publicans/Bar Managers will need a lot of experience working in public houses, preferably at a supervisory level along with a strong business plan. People can also become Publicans through inheriting the family pub which they may have worked in for many years growing up.

To become the tenant or leaseholder of a chain or brewery-owned pub, it is necessary to have significant managerial experience to run an establishment which you can demonstrate during the recruitment and selection process.

There are relevant courses offered nationwide by various IoTs in Hospitality Management and Business Studies which may provide you with beneficial knowledge for running a pub. 

Last Updated: August, 2015

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Organisation: Licensed Vintners Association
Address: Anglesea House, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 668 0215
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Organisation: Vintners Federation of Ireland
Address: VFI House, Castleside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
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