Cover Letter for Bar Work: Examples and Guide for Bar Staff

‘Now I just need to write a cover letter.’ ‘Hm, so what should I include in a bar work cover letter?’ If this is anything like your internal monologue from not long ago, then you’re in the right place. Most of us have vague classroom memories of having been taught about covering letters, but few remember the details.

 

So what should a bar work cover letter include in the UK in the 21st Century? Scroll down to see a full UK cover letter example that’s easily better than nine out of ten cover letters out there. Read on for a quick but comprehensive rundown of exactly what a bar staff cover letter should include plus plenty of examples and advice.

 

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Cover letter for bar work example

 

Charles Bryan

2 Chapel Lane

Wick Hill

RG12 2HW

077 6677 8899

charles.bryan@lcmail.co.uk

 

31st August 2021

 

Sophie Abbott

Public House Manager

TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub

99 Boughton Rd

Bracknell

RG40 9GY

 

Dear Sophie,

 

As a regular patron of TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub, I was very happy to hear Conway Walsh mention that you were recruiting new bar staff. Having worked as a bartender for the past 3.5+ years, I gained a real appreciation for the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making an establishment like yours run so smoothly. I also created dozens of drinks, three of which made it into menu rotation and one of which remains a selling point for Zelenoff’s Sports Bar.

 

Working as a bartender at Zelenoff’s, I found different ways to take the initiative to make the bar a more enjoyable place for bar staff to work in and to increase profitability wherever possible. Directly related to these goals is keeping the whole experience as smooth, safe, and enjoyable for patrons. I reorganised the bar area to streamline drink preparation, resulting in up to 10% less breakage during busy shifts and saving the bar up to £1000 annually. I voluntarily attended and contributed to over 25 training sessions and team meetings focused on improving patron experience and safety as well as the professional development of permanent and casual staff. I also directly maximised sales by discreetly and professionally upselling when taking orders for spirits, wine, beer, and soft drinks, bringing in an estimated 15–25% more revenue without compromising on the bar’s strict policies regarding the responsible sale of alcohol.

 

I believe that the dedication I have shown to making Zelenoff’s the kind of place people look forward to spending their time, as well as making coming into work a pleasure for other bar staff, all while focusing on profitability, would be a real asset for TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub. 

 

Thank you for your time and consideration. I would love to discuss my other achievements and ideas for the future during the course of an interview.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Charles Bryan

 

Now here’s how to write your own cover letter for bar work:

 

1. Start with a bar work cover letter header

 

Every cover letter should include a well laid-out header. A header is the upper part of a business letter, and a cover letter is simply a kind of business letter. The standard UK business letter format requires that a cover letter header include the elements listed below.

 

Aligned to right:

  • Your full name
  • Your postal address
  • Your email
  • Your phone number

 

Leave a line.

 

Aligned to the right:

  • The hiring manager’s name
  • The hiring manager’s job title
  • The company name
  • The company’s postal address

 

Bar staff cover letter header example

 

Charles Bryan

2 Chapel Lane

Wick Hill

RG12 2HW

077 6677 8899

charles.bryan@lcmail.co.uk

 

31st August 2021

 

Sophie Abbott

Public House Manager

TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub

99 Boughton Rd

Bracknell

RG40 9GY

 

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2. Choose the right bar work cover letter salutation

 

A cover letter should start with a greeting or salutation of some kind. The best case would be ‘Dear’ + the first name of the bar manager to whom you’re writing. 

 

If you’re unsure of the person’s gender and don’t feel comfortable using just their first name, simply use ‘Dear’ + their full name, e.g. ‘Dear Leigh Smith’. This way you can avoid having to use a gendered title like Ms or Mr. Always double-check the person’s gender before using a gendered title.

 

Can’t find a specific person to write to even after rereading the job advert, checking the company website, searching on LinkedIn and similar sites as well as calling the company to ask? Think about the role that person would fill in your recruitment process and be as specific as you can.

 

At the very least use something like ‘Dear Hiring Manager’. Do not use the well-worn ‘To Whom It May Concern’ or the archaic ‘Dear Sir/Madame’. A little effort goes a long way here.

 

Cover letter for bar work salutation example

 

Dear Sophie,

 

3. Write a strong opening paragraph

 

Why should your bar work cover letter include an opening paragraph? Here are three good reasons:

  • It’s the best way to establish your enthusiasm for the bar job at the outset.
  • It lets you drop the name of the bar and the job title you’re going for early on.
  • It gives you the opportunity to drop names if someone referred you to the position.
  • You can start building a case for how you’re a great fit for the role from the get go.

 

Start your bar staff cover letter with an achievement. Explain how you can apply your skills to the bar’s situation. Use accomplishment statements to structure your achievement around something like the PAR (Project-Action-Result) structure.

 

Bar work cover letter opening paragraph example

 

As a regular patron of TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub, I was very happy to hear Conway Walsh mention that you were recruiting new bar staff. Having worked as a bartender for the past 3.5+ years, I gained a real appreciation for the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making an establishment like yours run so smoothly. I also created dozens of drinks, three of which made it into menu rotation and one of which remains a selling point for Zelenoff’s Sports Bar.

 

4. Impress in the main body paragraph(s)

 

Your cover letter should, of course, have a main body section. The opening leads your reader up to this point, the main part of your bar cover letter. Writing this part, important as it is, is actually quite easy once you have your opening paragraph written. It’s simpler still once you have your CV in front of you.

 

All you need to do is basically string together two or three complete accomplishment statements. Use the PAR method mentioned above or something similar. The most important thing is to quantify each achievement. The goal is to put numbers to the benefits you bought to your employer in each case.

 

Cover letter for bar work: main body paragraph example

 

Working as a bartender at Zelenoff’s, I found different ways to take the initiative to make the bar a more enjoyable place for bar staff to work in and to increase profitability wherever possible. Directly related to these goals is keeping the whole experience as smooth, safe, and enjoyable for patrons. I reorganised the bar area to streamline drink preparation, resulting in up to 10% less breakage during busy shifts and saving the bar up to £1000 annually. I voluntarily attended and contributed to over 25 training sessions and team meetings focused on improving patron experience and safety as well as the professional development of permanent and casual staff. I also directly maximised sales by discreetly and professionally upselling when taking orders for spirits, wine, beer, and soft drinks, bringing in an estimated 15–25% more revenue without compromising on the bar’s strict policies regarding the responsible sale of alcohol.

 

5. End your bar staff cover letter with a CTA

 

A good bar cover letter should include a strong summary of the skills and achievements mentioned in the first 2–3 paragraphs. Tie up all loose ends and wrap everything up in a couple or so sentences. Hammer home the point that these bar skills could be very useful to the establishment to which you’re applying.

 

Then, include a clear call to action (CTA) and be sure to thank the bar manager for taking the time to consider your application. Finally, sign off on your cover letter according to how you greeted your reader:

  • Use ‘Yours sincerely’ if you used the person’s name
  • Use ‘Yours faithfully’ if you used just their title or role. 

 

Bar cover letter wrap-up and sign-off example

 

I believe that the dedication I have shown to making Zelenoff’s the kind of place people look forward to spending their time, as well as making coming into work a pleasure for other bar staff, all while focusing on profitability, would be a real asset for TJ O’Sullivan’s Pub. 

 

Thank you for your time and consideration. I would love to discuss my other achievements and ideas for the future during the course of an interview.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Charles Bryan

 

What a good bar work cover letter should not include

 

There things that make your cover letter better by being left out of it. Avoid the following:

  • Complaining about or criticising your previous employer—keep it neutral and professional.
  • Too much explaining around things like employment gaps or short stints at previous companies—don’t even mention these things if they can’t be compellingly explained away with a sentence or two.
  • Generally too much information on any topic or rambling of any kind—keep it coherent, concise and on-topic.
  • Exaggerations, embellishments, half-truths, and outright fabrications—assume everything will be fact-checked.
  • Contractions, slang, and overly idiomatic expressions—edit these out to keep your language formal.
  • Archaic, pompous, and pretentious expressions—don’t go too far in the opposite direction, though, and just be your best, professional self. 

 

What else to remember about when writing a cover letter for bar work?

 

Here are some formatting guidelines to keep in mind when structuring a cover letter:

 

Length

 

Your cover letter should be short, between half an A4 page to one A4 page, 250–400 words in total, including:

  • 60–80 words for the opening paragraph
  • 120–200 words for the main body
  • 40–60 words for closing paragraph.

 

Overall layout

 

 

Font

 

  • Use a font that’s simple, professional-looking, and easy to read: CV fonts such as like Noto, Garamond, Arial work for cover letters, too.
  • Keep your font between 11 and 12 points in size, never dropping below 10.

 

File type

 

 

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I hope this articles has given you a better idea of what a cover letter for bar work should include. Leave any comments or questions down below and please share any bar cover letter experiences—heroic, nightmarish, and anything in between—in the comments section too!

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