The Life of a Bouncer

Some bar owners prefer a female bouncer's diplomacy skills.
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A bouncer's typical duties include checking identification at the door, removing unruly patrons from a bar or club and moving equipment and products around. The traditional view of a bouncer is that of a huge, tough, male brawler. Women do work as bouncers, however, and some bar owners think they do at least as good a job.

At the Door

    The primary position for a bouncer when clubs open or bars pick up at night is at the door checking IDs. One of the bouncer's key roles is to spot fake IDs or underaged, would-be patrons and turn them away. This can lead to grief from those trying to sneak their way in. A female bouncer who conveys an assertive and matter-of-fact attitude when necessary but an otherwise pleasant demeanor is a perfect fit, bar owner Darwin Sampson stated in an article on

In the Crowds

    The other key, challenging role of a bouncer is to resolve conflicts or break up crowds in a club or bar to prevent fights and damage. Conventional wisdom has it that a male bouncer works better for this role. Some bar owners emphasize the importance of a bouncer with strong people skills and the ability to de-escalate a situation, however. This may lead to a preference for an assertive but calm female who may have less propensity to fight than a male.

Other Duties as Assigned

    The more front-and-center roles of a bouncer aren't always in play, so bar owners rely on bouncers to pitch in with other tasks when not at the door or dealing with a problem. Hauling kegs, pushing dollies with products, moving tables and chairs and occasional cleaning are among the other jobs a bouncer may take on. A helpful attitude and a reasonable level of physical strength are necessary for success in these roles.

External Factors

    The nature of the work affects a bouncer's life both on the job and away from work. Bouncers commonly start a shift between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and work until 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thus, an ability to stay up late and stay alert is key. You also need a tolerance for crowd noise and loud music in some environments. In busier, more intense clubs and bars, a high stress tolerance also helps in dealing with patron difficulties.

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