from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun bartending An assistant to a bartender
  • verb To work as a barback.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

bar +‎ back, due to working in the back area of the bar (not interacting with patrons), reinforced by “to have someone’s back” meaning “to support, assist someone”. Compare back of house and back office.


  • The night I visited, a barback deftly chipped away at an angular, Braque-style ice block with a large spoon, taking about 90 seconds to shape something roughly the size of a baseball.

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  • A friend of ours got him a job as a barback in a nudie bar-he took it.

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  • I began as a barback in 1973 and worked my way through every conceivable front-of-the-house position from Waiter to Sommelier to General Manager.

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  • Tomas was a very tall and strong young man who came from Mazatlan on the west coast of Mexico He was a very serious and hard working barback who always went the extra step to make sure that you as the bartender were stocked and assisted on all levels.

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  • My first job in the restaurant business was working as a barback in 1973.

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  • After high school, he took a job as a barback in a Houston's Restaurant, worked up to kitchen assistant, took a nine-month cooking course at the French Culinary Institute in New York and finally landed in France, where he has freelanced as a chef throughout the country.

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  • They also have hot cocoa, which was nice, though when I ordered one the barback said to me in the sort of California accent I thought only existed on TV, Oh.

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  • When I started bartending at one of the top gay bars in St. Louis, my barback & I decided to take a night off & go to our "sister bars" so we knew what they offered, where to refer out-of-towners, etc.


  • One would never imagine that, in a relatively small city such as Baltimore, a social club for "gay deaf bears" could fill up a moderately-sized bar with its monthly outings, but I saw this myself regularly when I worked as a barback.

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  • As a result he was in kind of a pissy mood and at one point got into an argument with the barback.

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