Working in a Bar in Spain – The HONEST TRUTH on How to Actually Find a Bar Job

So you’ve decided to move to Spain, but you are not sure what jobs are available.

An easy option for jobs abroad is a bar job (also known as bar work).

Bar jobs are an easy alternative to earning a comparatively good wage compared to other jobs in Spain, although the salary will be lower than that of our fellow European counterparts.

Pay and wages for bar jobs and bar work in Spain range from 4 Euros an hour to a maximum of 10 Euros an hour.

Please note also that the cost of living in Spain is not much lower than the rest of Europe so when you get a bar job you will just be surviving and making ends meet as your earnings are low.

There won’t be much money left over at the end of the month for luxuries so this is a job for the lifestyle rather than financial reward.job-spain-graphic

If you just want to be in Spain enjoying the quality of life it offers, then bar work is an easy answer to “how do I move to Spain and survive financially?”

If bar work sounds like too much hard work and make no mistake IT IS hard work, then check out our main page on jobs in Spain for English speaking people.

If you are feeling very confident and perhaps you already have prior experience then another option to being able to move to and live in Spain is to open your own bar in Spain or to buy a bar in Spain.

Summer Bar Jobs 2019

Bar jobs in Spain are always readily available especially in the summer months and are mainly seasonal by nature. The tourist season starts in April or as soon as Easter.

The season ends at the end of October where the coastal resorts become sleepy little deserted places except some of the main resorts in the Spanish Canary Islands which because of their proximity to Africa means they have more of an all year round climate and tourism season.

Without doubt your best chance of picking up bar work and bar jobs in Spain is to look for summer bar work and summer jobs in Spain in the main tourist resorts, Spanish islands and cities such as Madrid and Barcelona which are full of visitors from the rest of Europe.

If you are wondering how old and what age do you have to be, to work in a bar, the answer is 18 years old.

Spain has thousands of miles of sun-drenched shores with many, many bars and restaurants therefore it should be easy to find employment although you will want to check with your employer that you will be offered a contract with medical insurance.

Many bars will only offer positions with part-time hours and no work contract which means you will be paid cash in hand with no entitlement to the Spanish national health system.

Bar Work – Hours & Pay

Expect to work long hard hours at bar jobs in Spain as well as very late hours – many bars stay open until two or three in the morning (every day). Also you need to factor in the siesta in the afternoon.

This kind of work can take its toll if you have a family or partner as you won’t be seeing much of them, on the other hand you can use your siesta time to have an afternoon at the beach.

Getting a bar job in Spain also helps pay your bills because most bar work means you will be fed with a meal during your working hours. If you are really lucky you might find a bar position with live-in accommodation included.

So how much can you expect to get paid per hour at a typical bar in Spain? In all honesty you will probably end up earning about five euros an hour working in a bar, although some bars will pay up to 8 euros an hour if you are fortunate.

Interior of Taberna San Ysidro - Madrid, Spain - 02

Interior of Taberna San Ysidro – Madrid, Spain

Where To Find Work

So where can you find opportunities for bar work? Well to find available positions and openings look for bar jobs in Spain by looking online on the internet at the many job sites.

Also look in the many local papers many of which are on-line, or word of mouth. Most vacancies for bar jobs can only be found if you are here and you can just walk around towns and cities asking if they have any work available.

We are also starting a free listings section for job postings and vacancies so if you are searching for bar staff, email us and we will post it for free on this website.Interior of Taberna San Ysidro - Madrid, Spain

Most bar jobs in Spain will be found in the big tourist cities in Spain such as Madrid and Barcelona as well as the tourist resorts of the Costa del Sol i.e. Fuengirola, Marbella, Malaga, Benalmadena, Mijas and Torremolinos.

For the popular Costa Blanca, areas that would have plenty of bar work include Benidorm, Calpe, Moraira, Javea, Alicante, Torrevieja and surrounding areas such as Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca and Punta Prima.

For the Costa Brava look for job opportunities in Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.

The islands of Spain also have many bar jobs and work due to their popularity as tourist resorts and destinations. The most obvious places to look for bar work would be Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca (Mallorca), Canary Islands, Menorca and Tenerife.

Bar Jobs for English Speakers

Having some command of the Spanish language would be beneficial as even in the English and British bars you get a small number of Spanish customers.

Still if you don’t speak Spanish and you can only speak English then you should still find a bar job in Spain in one of the ex-pat bars most notably the British or Irish establishments. It won’t take too long to pick up enough Spanish to get by. You probably already know that cerveza means beer. Certainly looking for bar work is one of the best ways to find a job in Spain if you are an English speaking person with little grasp of Spanish.

Our advice and tips also apply if you searching for bar work in Spain and you are from Poland (Polish speakers), Holland (Dutch speakers), Germany (German speakers), Swedan (Swedish speakers), Russia (Russian speakers), Norway (Norwegian speakers), Romania (Romanian speakers), Morocco (Moroccan speakers), France (French speakers), Belgium (Belgian speakers), Ecuador (Ecuadorian speakers) or Columbia (Colombian speakers).

On doing your homework on the job market it will be easier to see exactly what your prospective employer is looking for. Bar tending, bar man, bar maid, waitress, waiter, hosting, dish washing, chef etc.

There are different aspects of bar jobs in Spain, so it would be good to know ahead of time what kind of bar job in Spain, you would be interested in and are suited for.

The advantages of taking bar jobs in Spain are that as a bar tender you get to meet many different people, can make great friends, learn to make fabulous drinks and cook many exciting dishes. Indeed for many people bar work and bar jobs are fun and not work at all!

Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca region of Spain is situated on the east coast and is primarily a tourist and holiday destination due to the many wonderful sandy beaches – therefore there are many bar jobs.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities in the Costa Blanca in which you could search for bar jobs: Albir, Alcossebre, Alcoy, Alfaz del Pi, Algorfa/La Finca, Alicante, Almoradi, Altea, Beniarbeig, Benidoleig, Benidorm, Benijófar, Benimar, Benissa, Benitachell, Bolulla, Busot, Cabo Roig, Calpe, Campoamor, Castalla, Catral, Caudete, Ciudad Quesada, Cumbre Del Sol, Denia, Dolores, El Campello, Elche/Elx, Els Poblets, Gandia, Gata de Gorgos, Gran Alacant, Guardamar, Hondon de la Nieves, Hondón Valley, Jalón Valley, Javea, La Drova/Barx, La Empedrola, La Fustera, La Marina, La Mata, La Nucia, La Zenia, Las Ramblas, Los Altos, Los Montesinos, Mar Menor, Mazarrón, Mil Palmeras, Monovar, Monserrat, Moraira, Oliva, Orba, Orcheta, Orihuela, Pedreguer, Pego, Pilar de la Horadada, Pinar de Campoverde, Pinoso, Playa Flamenca, Polop, Punta Prima, Rafol de Almunia, Relleu, Rojales, San Miguel de Salinas, Sanet Y Negrals, Santa Pola, Santiago de la Ribera, Sax, Teulada, Tibi, Torrevieja, Totana, Vall de Laguar, Villajoyosa, Villamartin, Villena, Villotel.

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is located on the south coast of Spain and is the most popular area of Spain for tourism.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities in the Costa del Sol in which you could search for bar jobs:

Algarrobo, Algatocín, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín El Grande, Almáchar, Almargen, Almogía, Álora, Alozaina, Alpandeire, Antequera, Árchez, Archidona, Ardales, Arenas, Arriate, Benadalid, Benahavís, Benalauría, Benalmádena, Benamargosa, Benamocarra, Benaoján, Benarrabá, El Borge, El Burgo, (Sitio de) Calahonda, Campillos, Canillas del Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Cañete La Real, Carratraca, Cartajima, Cártama, Casabermeja, Casarabonela, Casares, Coín, Colmenar, Comares, Cómpeta, Cortes de la Frontera, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Cuevas del Becerro, Cútar, Estepona, Faraján, Frigiliana, Fuengirola, Fuente de Piedra, Gaucín, Genalguacil, Granada, Guaro, Humilladero, Igualeja, Istán, Iznate, Jimera de Líbar, Jubrique, Júzcar, La Viñuela, Macharaviaya, Málaga, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, Moclinejo, Mollina, Monda, Montejaque, Nerja, Ojén, Parauta, Periana, Pizarra, Pujerra, Rincón de la Victoria, Riogordo, Ronda, Salares, Sayalonga, Sedella, Sierra de Yeguas, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tarifa, Teba, Tolox, Torremolinos, Torrox, Totalán, Valle de Abdalajís, Vélez-Málaga, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva de la Concepción, Villanueva de Tapia, Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco and Yunquera.

Costa Brava

The Costa Brava region of Spain is situated in North East Spain and this area borders France. Below is a list of potential towns and cities on the Costa Brava in which you could search for bar jobs: Lloret de Mar, Malgrat, Cap Salou, Tossa de Mar, Blanes, Girona, Cambrils, La Pineda, Portaventura, Salou and Sitges.


Tenerife is largest of the Canary Islands and very much a tourist destination so look here for your typical seasonal, summer bar jobs in Tenerife. We have a dedicated jobs in Tenerife page with more information.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities on Tenerife in which you could search for jobs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife the capital, Amarilla Golf, Costa Adeje, El Medano, Garachico, Guia De Isora, Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes, Playa De La Arena, Playa De Las Americas, Playa Paraiso, Puerto De La Cruz, Puerto De Santiago and San Miguel De Abona.


Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza is one of the most popular places in Spain for bar jobs because of the huge popularity of the island for dance music and clubbing in the famous nightclubs. The best bar jobs will be San Antonio as it is the island capital.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities on Ibiza in which you could search for bar jobs in Ibiza. We have a dedicated jobs in Ibiza page: Cala Llonga, Es Cana, Figueretas, Formentera, Ibiza Town, Playa D’en Bossa, Portinatx, Puerto San Miguel, S’argamassa, Sa Caleta, Ibiza, San Antonio, San Antonio Bay, San Jose, Santa Eulalia and Talamanca.


Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is largest of the Balearic Islands and hugely popular as a holiday island so look here for your typical seasonal, summer jobs in Mallorca such as bar jobs in Mallorca and hotel jobs in Mallorca/Majorca. Magaluf is the best resort to look for bar jobs followed by Alcudia.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities on Mallorca/Majorca in which you could search for bar jobs in Mallorca. We also have a dedicated jobs in Mallorca page: Alaro, Alcudia, Ca’n Picafort, Caimari, Cala Bona, Cala D’or, Cala Millor, Cala San Vicente, Calas De Mallorca, Camp De Mar, Costa De Los Pinos, Deya, Illetas, jobs in Magaluf, Paguera, jobs in Palma, Palma Nova, Playa De Muro, Pollensa, Puerto De Soller, Puerto Pollensa, Pula Golf, Son Severa, Randa, Sa Coma, Sa Pobla, Santa Margalida, Santa Ponsa and Santanyi.


Lanzarote is the easternmost and the fourth largest of the Canary Islands.

Below is a list of potential towns and cities on Lanzarote in which you could search for bar jobs in Lanzarote. We have a dedicated jobs in Lanzarote guide: Arrecife the capital, Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa Blanca, Playa De Los Pocillos, Puerto Calero and Puerto Del Carmen.

Gran Canaria

The Spanish Canary Island (often referred to as the Canaries) of Gran Canaria has a number of popular holiday resorts which are good for looking for bar jobs Gran Canaria. These resorts include Amadores, Bahia Feliz, Las Palmas, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Playa Del Ingles, Playa Taurito, Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico and San Agustin.

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  1. paul tyler says

    My name is paul i am 51 and have a vast experience of people skills work and I am looking for a new life in spain or any spanish islands
    Any advice

  2. domingos says

    Hi my name Domingos I am 56 year old and would like to work in Spain as a barman more than 15 years work experience so if you have any vacancies happy to join your team thanks

  3. hi all, myname is Tiggi im 30 yrs old from England and have just moved to reus. I have managed bars a nd restaurants for the past ten years and i am looking for bar or waiting work in and around reus, tarragona and the surrounding areas.

    please let me know if anyone has any availability i can forward my cv ect.

    Kind regards


  4. Sean Murphy says

    Hi my name is Sean looking for trainee barman jobs in southern Spain I am motivated and hard working if you are interested please email me on thank you

  5. Sean Murphy says

    Hi looking for trainee barman job in southern Spain I am hare working
    Trainee as I have no experience I am a full time traveller and looking for some hard work and to upskill
    Thank you

  6. Jessica Blair says

    Hi my names Jessica, I am 18 years old and would love to do a season abroad working in a bar, I am very friendly and have experience working in a bar. Would love to have the opportunity to work abroad.

  7. Hi my name is Hollie I’m 28 an looking for bar work in Spain/Benidorm . I have worked in Cala dor doing bar work an loved every minute of it . I have waitressing an bar work experience I’m am currently a full time hairdresser an fancy a change for the summer. I’m hard working an love working with people I’m confident in everything I do an I really bubbly.

  8. Hi im kelly im from England and looking to do work abroad preferably bar/waiting work. I have many experiences in this field and would love to take time to work abroad

  9. Hello!

    My name is Maria, I am a 22 year old irish girl currently working as a retail supervisor. I have great experience in bar and restaurant work and I am looking to work in Spain, from this coming April. If there is any vacancies I would be very grateful. I’m not concerned what part of Spain. If you’re looking for an extremely hard working, outgoing girl.. that would be me!

    Many thanks,

  10. Hallo Sir
    I am Bappy Rahman. Now i am spain madrid … i dont have spain worek parmit . But i am working ..Dubai… Singapore..Malaysia.
    Plz sir my parsonal mail
    Mobile number..+34612247535

  11. Hi
    My name is Megan I lived in Spain for 15 years and 3 years ago moved back to England I am planning on moving back next month but I’m not sure about the work situation over there as I have friends over there and some struggle to stay in work and find jobs, I can speak Spanish and I have worked there before in bars restaurants and cafes. I would really a appreciate any advice!!

  12. Eric Fogarty says

    hello Eric here. I am 19 years old. I am writing to you because I am looking for a bar job as a bartender/bar staff,
    I am currently living in Ireland and going to college, however I will be no longer going to college and want a new jog. if you have any jobs ill be happy to join ye all

  13. Travellers Inn
    is a restaurant in the main square of the town Calas de Mallorca. We believe the most important asset to any successful business is a great people who are friendly, positive, energetic team players.
    We are looking for full time staff members who will work to ensure every guest receives excellent service.
    We offer:
    -Contract full time
    -Uniform provided
    -Top rated pay for the right candidate.
    We are looking for:
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    If you think you have what it takes to join our team please send your CV with a photo to

  14. Hi
    my name is Becky, a Nigerian with experience in bar and hotel jobs. A college graduate, friendly, and yes I am a fast learner as well. looking forward to hear from my potential employer.

  15. says

    Hi! My name is Zita. I am from Lithuania but live permanently in Torrox, I speak english and russian and I am looking for a job… cleaner, housekeeping, career for old people or any kind job which make me busier. I am a very active person. I have a university degree in economics and am a quick learner with an open minded. I have an NIE number and resident card. I also have a driving licence and a car.


  16. Beate Anna Kairisa says

    Hello, I am Beate Anna (everyone calls me Ana in Spain), 18 years old and I would love to spend some time in Spain (from end of June till beginning of August). I know a little bit of Spanish, but I am fluent in English, German, Latvian and Russian. I would like to work in a bar or a club somewhere on the Canary Islands (GC would be great) or in Barcelona. I am hard working and love to interract with people!
    Let me know!
    Beate Anna Kairisa

  17. Hello my name is Jodie I’m 32 years old and have 17 years experience in the hospitality industry. 10 of these years I have lived and worked in salou Spain . I’m looking to change jobs for the upcoming summer season . I have experience running a bar as an assistant manager and supervisor. I speak fluent English and intermediate spanish along with basic French . C.f. available on request

  18. Adis Mujkic says


    My name is Adis, i’m 29 years old and I live in Sweden. I’m looking for a job in Malaga, bartender, resturant, etc.
    I will be arraving in Malaga January 06/01/2017.
    So if anybody have a job to offer as soon as possible that would be great.
    I speek fluent English, Swedish and Serbo/kroatian.

    Best regards/


  19. Hi!

    I am 27 years old and I am looking for bar work during the Summer this year, I am fully fluent in English and also learning Dutch and French,

    If you have any info on places of work please feel free to email me at

    Thanks 🙂

  20. Hi there,

    My name is Ross and I am looking to move to Spain for some work. I have a lot of experience in Bar/Club management, hospitality and customer service (Call centre, face to face etc).

    If you have any work available, please do e-mail me


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