The Arts Club seeks a Bar Manager


Bar Manager, The Arts Club of Chicago

Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been an important exhibitor of international contemporary art, a forum for both established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. The mission of The Arts Club, defined at its inaugural meeting, is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art makers.” Both a private club and a not-for-profit that serves the city through exhibitions and programs, The Arts Club is a singular institution that plays an important role in Chicago’s cultural scene.

Located in Streeterville, The Club maintains a restaurant, which is open to members for lunch on weekdays. We also cater special events and daytime meetings. On October 22, 2016, we inaugurate The Drawing Room, a newly renovated, exquisitely detailed bar space for our members. Initial hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The space will also be available for rentals and club events on Mondays and Saturdays.

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. In addition to 24 regularly scheduled hours (Tues-Friday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm), flexible additional hours are required (days, nights and weekends). A minimum of 35 hours required to maintain full-time status. Salary 45K or commensurate with experience. No tipping, but potential for annual bonus.


The Arts Club seeks an experienced bar manager to become an essential member of our team. The ideal candidate will help to set the atmosphere and quality of this refined space, and will work with staff to integrate the new operations within the existing character and structure of the institution.


  • Stocking and ordering of alcohol, mixers, and supplies.
  • Daily set-up of bar.
  • Oversee bar staff, including a server and a runner.
  • Participate in planning of both club events and rentals.
  • Bartend during regular operating hours at The Drawing Room and at private rentals and club events.
  • Work with established cocktail menu and also develop new drinks as needed.
  • Plating and serving of bar snacks and light meals.
  • Clean up and light dish washing.
  • Participate in developing bar clientele.
  • Team player who is willing to chip in wherever needed.


  • Bassett training and licensing.
  • Interest in the arts preferred.
  • B.A. preferred or equivalent life experience.
  • At least five years bartending experience.
  • Ability to interact with a sophisticated and demanding clientele.

Please direct a letter of interest and resume to Janine Mileaf, Executive Director of The Arts Club of Chicago. Application materials will be accepted via email at No phone calls please.

Deadline: Open until filled. Ideal candidate would begin early September 2016.

Posted August 8, 2016
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