A bartender will need a lot of tools and equipment, often more than you think. Most bars will have the common equipment, such as bottle openers, shakers, and bar spoon, besides from this essential equipment, there is a whole list of other equipment, that is used behind the bar.
This is the basic list of common bartending tools that a bartender needs for a decent cocktail bar.
Wine and Bottle Openers:
The bottle opener is a device used to remove the metallic caps of the bottles and wine corks. A corkscrew is generally included with a bottle opener. The best wine opener is called a waiter’s wine opener. This wine opener can be found in most liquor stores and bars.
Cocktail Shaker and Measuring Glass:
There are usually two types of shakers, the Boston shaker, and the Standard shaker. Boston shaker is one of the most professional bartender tools. It contains a mixing glass and stainless steel core that overlays the glass. The Standard shaker consists of two or more stainless steel parts and can be found in department stores.
Among the two types of strainers available, the most prominent one is the Hawthorne strainer. Hawthorne is a flat, spoon shaped with a spring coil around the top. It can be used in a steel shaker or a bar glass to strain cocktails.
Other basic tools
Here are some other essential tools for a bartender.
A long spoon used for stirring cocktails. It can also be used for scooping, layering, and garnishing.
There are many types of blenders available for both commercial and home usage. While using a blender, Make sure to put the liquid in first. This will save the blades from ice.
Coasters and bar napkins
Napkins helps the guests to hold their drinks and coasters prevents rings from developing on the bar table,
Knife and cutting board
A basic bar tool used for cutting fruits.
This equipment is used to control pouring. Different types are available, including some with a closed lid to prevent insects entering into it.
Stirrers and straws
Used for stirring and sipping drinks.
Large cups or bowls
These bowls are used to hold garnishes like cherries, olives, onions and much more.