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Bartender Cover Letter: Samples, Format, and 10+ Writing Tips

Bartender Cover Letter: Samples, Format, and 10+ Writing Tips

Writing a bartender cover letter feels like making an Empellón Cocina's Fat-Washed Mezcal. Don’t sweat it. With this bartender cover letter guide, you’ll serve it in a flash.

As seen in:

You’re about to see a perfect bartender cover letter sample.


There’s more—


In 5 minutes, you’ll learn how to write your own bartending cover letter that pops corks.


Why is it important?




There’s a line of hundreds of fellow bartenders fighting for your job. How to beat them?


Stack the deck in your favor by including a cover letter to your bartender resume.


This guide will show you a sample cover letter for bartending. Plus you’ll get the best tips on how to write a bartending cover letter, step-by-step.


Let’s get cracking.


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Sample cover letter for a resume—See more cover letter examples and create your cover letter here.


Cover Letter Sample—Bartender



Florence Smith


7304 South Campfire Lane 

Greensburg, PA 15601

New York, 5/31/2019

Mr. Daniel Ragland
Head of Human Resources
The Phoenix Inn, Inc.
2249 Franklin Street
New York City, NY 10923


Dear Daniel,


As a lifelong enthusiast of creating drinks, I was thrilled to see The Phoenix Inn’s opening for the position of a bartender. I am positive I can help with The Phoenix Inn’s upcoming challenges. 


I have a proven multi-tasking ability serving 1,000 customers weekly. In my current position at the Everson Royce Bar, I prepare beverages as requested by customers according to standard operating procedures. I also compute bills and accept payment while tracking sales receipts. 


During my tenure at the Everson Royce Bar, I:

  • Created a signature drink called Fresh Dragon Fruit Mojitos.
  • Become known as a “mixology artist” having exhaustive knowledge of both modern and classic beverage recipes.


I know that The Phoenix Inn's current plans involve serving bar menu items to guests in a prompt fashion while maximizing revenues and profitability. This opportunity is a perfect match for my personal and professional interests given my prior bartending experience. 


I would love to leverage my mixology and people skills and surpass your expectations.


I would also welcome the chance to discuss supporting The Phoenix Inn’s goals and show you how my success at the Everson Royce Bar can translate into tangible impact for The Phoenix Inn.


Can we schedule a call next week so I can help you max out profits from selling drinks?


Florence Smith


P.S.—I would value the opportunity to show you how I can handle over $2,000 credit card sales per night and manage up to 25 tables per shift.


So—you just saw how to write a mouth-watering cover letter for a bartender. Read on to learn how to write yours. 


But remember—


No matter how delicious your cover letter is, you still need a top-shelf resume to land a bartending job.


See our bartender resume writing guide here: Bartender Resume: Samples and Writing Guide


Alternatively, check out our dedicated guides for other jobs that might require bartending skills:


Bartender Cover Letter Template


Here’s how to write a bartender cover letter for a job application:


1. Use the right cover letter format


  • Margins: one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Line spacing: single or 1.15.
  • Font: classic, 11pt or 12pt.


Read more: The Only Proper Cover Letter Format


2. Design a professional cover letter header


  • Drop your name and contact info in the top-left corner.
  • List your phone number, email, LinkedIn (you can also list your Twitter profile if you like).
  • Write down your city and date right below it.
  • Add the hiring manager’s info.


Don't know the hiring manager's name? Snoop around the bar's webisite. If that fails, drop by the place itself and ask for the contact.


Read more: How to Address a Cover Letter


3. Open with a personal greeting and a glittering first paragraph


  • Start with “Dear” + the hiring manager’s first name.
  • Mention the position you want to apply for.
  • Spil a major achievement the job wants the most.


Read more: How to Start a Cover Letter the Right Way


4. Show you can do the job like Dale DeGroff


  • Scan the bartending job description in the ad and write about how your prior experience can help solve their problems.
  • Drop several major wins you’re proud of.
  • Use numbers to make your achievements pop.


Writing a bartender cover letter with no experience to board about? Focus on passion: show off the effort you’ve put into becoming a bartender—


Mention a gig or two, explain what courses you’ve taken, and how you’ve learned the trade.


Also, make sure you’re not making your cover letter too long: The Perfect Cover Letter Length.


5. Explain why you want the job


  • Say why you’re the perfect match.
  • Spotlight why this job is a great fit for you with prior bartending experience.
  • If you do the two, it'll show you want to stay for the long haul.


6. Make an offer and include a call to action


  • Ask for a call or a meeting + suggested time.
  • Restate what you can bring to the bar counter.


Read more: The Best Cover Letter Ending Examples


7. Close with a professional sign-off


  • End with your full name.
  • Drop a digital copy of your handwritten signature below that.
  • Provide your basic contact details.


Once you’ve sent your application, don’t forget to send a follow-up email if there’s no reply. Here’s how: Job Application Follow-Up: Examples, Dos, & Don’ts


You just saw how to write an effervescent bartender cover letter that works magic.




If you want to land a bartending job, you need a matching resume.


When making a resume in our builder, drag & drop bullet points, skills, and auto-fill the boring stuff. Spell check? Check. Start building a professional resume template here for free.

When you’re done, Zety’s resume builder will score your resume and tell you exactly how to make it better.


Thanks for reading! Now I’d love to hear from you. How do you like our bartender cover letter examples? What are your tips on writing a job-winning bartender cover letter? Drop a line in the comments. Let’s chat! 

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Jacques Buffett, CPRW
Jacques, a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), is a career expert who has published almost 200 articles on Zety. His insights and advice have been published by LinkedIn, Forbes, MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, AOL, U.S. News, and other top news outlets. He also has extensive professional experience in people management and recruitment.

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