The Island Venue Bar Manager

We cur­rent­ly have a vacan­cy for a Bar Man­ag­er at The Island Venue.

12:00 22/09/21
Admin £9.81ph Bar Management £16ph
Contact Name
Kathryn Chiswell-Jones
This is an ideal role for music lovers who would like to lead a friendly, inclusive and motivated bar team to help us raise vital funds to support our charitable activities at The Island and across Artspace Lifespace.


The Island Venue is a hidden arts and club venue in central Bristol with an industrial yet intimate feel found nowhere else in the city. Situated in the former police cells, outdoor training yard and motorbike car park, The Island Venue has a unique and industrial aesthetic to it and is literally an underground venue. The adjoining former training yard acts as an outdoor smoking area for the venue.

We work with promotors to ensure that The Island Venue hosts a unique blend of music, attracts fantastic crowds and that the atmosphere of our nights are fun, save and inclusive. We partner with Amber Audio to supply professional quality sound systems to ensure that our small grassroots venue has world-class sound.

The Bar Manager is a job share role, overseeing and ensure effective running of the Island Venue Bar. We already have a co-manager in place who will be responsible for managing security, maintaining the conditions of the licence, overseeing bookings and dealing with promoters. Your role will be to manage the bar staff, manage the bar stock and liaise with the Finance Officer re the finances.

You and your co-manager will share the ‘management of the night’ and will be the responsible bar manager on site every second weekend, with you and your co-venue manager providing cover for each other as required.

The Island Venue Bar Manager Responsibilities

Understanding of and compliance with all licence conditions.
Stock management including overseeing receipt of deliveries, stock-takes and reordering supplies in accordance with event trends/predicted consumption.
Cashing up and cash management, including till maintenance and responsibility for cash floats.
Liaising with the Finance Officer and Company Manager re cashing up weekly.
Recruiting a pool of casual bar staff and supervising staff during shifts, managing staff contracts, timesheets and liaising with the Finance Officer.
Staff organisation and staff rotas.
Provide cover for Co-Venue Manager as required.
Understand and uphold all Artspace Lifespace policies, in particular Health & Safety, Inclusion, Code of Conduct and Halt Harassment Campaign.
Ensuring safety of bar staff and patrons through good housekeeping and enforcing quality and safety controls.
Ensuring the Venue Bar areas are safe, clean, tidy and presentable to the public at all times.
Setting up for events and ad hoc tasks.
Attendance at a fortnightly team meeting with co-venue manager and a member of the Island Team (Finance officer and or Centre Manager / Company Manager).
Manage lost property.
Liaising with cleaning company (shared responsibility with co-manager).
Undertaking any other work as agreed with the Island Centre Manager / Artspace Lifespace Company Manager as may be appropriate for the position.