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Restaurant Barback


Posted June 14, 2022

The Drake Oak Brook, Autograph Collection
Oak Brook, IL
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About This Job

Barback responsibilities include:

    Collecting glassware and cleaning up the bar area

    Replacing beer kegs and liquor bottles

    Refilling ice bins

Job brief

We are looking for a Barback to support our Bartenders and the rest of our staff. You’ll assist with bar opening and closing procedures and perform various behind-the-bar tasks, such as restocking the bar and preparing garnishes. This is be for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.


    Tidy up tables, counters and other bar areas

    Collect empty glasses and bottles

    Restock the bar with straws, coasters and napkins

    Prepare mixers, juices and cocktail garnishes  

    Replenish peanuts and fruits

    Change out beer kegs and replace liquor bottles

    Remove trash and wipe down drink spills

    Refill ice bins

    Clean rags throughout the shift

    Assist the Bartenders during rush hours


    Minimum age to serve alcohol

    Interest in the hospitality industry; previous entry-level experience in a bar or restaurant is not mandatory, but will be considered a plus

    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

   Team spirit

    Basic knowledge of bar menu items and recipes (different types of beers and mixed drinks)

    Physical ability to lift beer kegs, hold trays of bottles and glassware and stand during the shift

    Flexibility to work during evenings, weekends and public holidays

    High school diploma; additional certification in mixology or hospitality is a plus

What's in it for you…

  • Hotel discount at locations worldwide!
  • Paid time off and holiday pay incentives!
  • Professional development and promotion opportunities!
  • Flexible schedules for full-time and part-time work!
  • 401(k) available for all associates!
  • Full benefit options available for full-time associates!

About this job...

Restaurant Bartenders provide attentive, dynamic, and inspiring beverage service for our restaurant guests.  Thorough knowledge of mixology, the restaurant food and beverage menus, and recommended pairings is critical to success.  Restaurant Bartenders must be proactive in handling guest needs, be highly engaging, service-oriented, and take a creative approach to problem solving.  The primary responsibility of a Restaurant Bartender is to deliver and exceed guest expectations, execute the restaurant vision, resolve challenges, and maintain excellent communication with guests, peers, and supervisors.

What you'll be doing...

  • Prepare the bar for service by cleaning guest and service spaces and stocking essential supplies for ease of use.  Retrieve liquor based on requisition.
  • Learn details on each menu item to provide food and beverage recommendations to guests, highlighting unique restaurant offerings and specials.
  • Prepare cocktails and other beverages to specification with accuracy, honoring special requests and ensuring guest delight.
  • Effectively engage and build rapport with guests to identify needs and ensure guest satisfaction.
  • Proactively communicate special needs or requests and take ownership to resolve guest challenges, working collaboratively with the restaurant team.
  • Maintain cleanliness of restaurant spaces throughout and after shift, completing side work and stocking as needed or assigned.
  • Always maintain professionalism consistent with restaurant and company expectations.
  • Know and communicate restaurant emergency procedures; inform and assist guests in emergencies.
  • Take on additional tasks as necessary or assigned by restaurant leadership.


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in primary language(s) used in the workplace
  • 8+ hours per day; stand and walk frequently throughout the workday
  • Lift, lower, and maneuver up to 30 pounds frequently
  • Reach, bend, stoop, and pivot frequently throughout the workday

About First Hospitality...

Founded in 1985 and based in Chicago, First Hospitality is a forward-thinking hotel development, investment, and management company. First Hospitality’s strategic vision is to create value for all through excellence and an openness to doing things differently.

First Hospitality seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which employee’s differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the customers we serve. FH fosters an inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and fairness. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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About this Employer

The Drake Oak Brook, Autograph Collection

2301 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

(630) 571-0000

84 Room Hotel

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Follow in the footsteps of Chicago icons and reserve a hotel room at The Drake Oak Brook, Autograph Collection. A beacon of style and class since the 1960s, our hotel is located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, easily accessible from O’Hare and Midway airports. A sense of grandeur marks your arrival at the hotel as you’re greeted by sumptuous furnishings and impressive artwork. After check-in, explore attractions like the Brookfield Zoo or Oakbrook Center shopping—or immerse yourself in the energy of downtown Chicago. Upon your return, relax in luxury hotel accommodations appointed with superb bedding and modern features, followed by a session in the fitness center. Dinner options include our signature Colonial Room or cocktails and bar fare at Polo Lounge. Meeting and wedding guests appreciate our elegant, European-inspired event spaces. Our motto is Ubi Tempus Quietus, or “where time rests.” So travel to a bygone era of refinement during a stay at our renowned hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois.