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 2021

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.

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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. staff required for summer season. Waitress and cook. we are based in Nerja. Please send cvs to

  2. Hi,I am Dagmara.Currently I am living in U.K but I come from Poland.I would like go to Spain to work as I want to learn some Spanish and would be good get a sesonal job,maybe in the bar or hotel.

  3. Hello to anyone out there.
    For this summer I am traveling down and up the Mediterranean coastline by motorcycle and I will be shooting video of that, to fund my en devour I am looking for all kinds of jobs that get my in touch with interesting people that I can interview on video for my you tube channel.
    I am looking for people in the lifestyle with age 30, 40’s and up that enjoy an open lifestyle, sun, party and fun that want to hire me for a short time to earn some money to continue my adventure.
    I worked for a radio station in Belgium, so I can DJ, but also have a large knowledge of Belgian beers and beers in general, I can serve, wait tables to the bar, so any type of job will do.
    So if anybody has something for me, please contact me thru this media or mail me.
    I want to thank people in advance and hope to see you soon.

  4. james cook says

    Hi- I am a hospitality degree educated man, with multi site experience, looking for any management roles, available immediately – all positions considered
    Please contact
    +4477 4040 3232

  5. Teodor Balint says

    Hey ! I’m Teo, I’m 24 and originally from Romania. I have been living in the UK since 2009 and I am going to Valencia 17 April 2018. I am a Psychology graduate with basic Spanish and French and fluent in English and Romanian. I have worked in many bars (salsa and cocktail bars) and restaurants across the UK and I am looking for a bar job in Valencia for this season ! I am really sociable and enjoy talking and working with people in a music-filled environment ! If any roles are open in Valencia in this time of year I would be more than happy hearing from you !
    number: +447514812649
    Kind Regards,

  6. Paul smith says

    I am looking to move to Spain, majorca or lanzarote. I have lots of bar experience. I also drive for a living vans etc). If anybody could give me some pointers or preferably a job offer I can move straight away. Looking for accommodation too so any help would be great. I fancy a change to the UK and think why not. I have funds but don’t want to rely on it for a long time so working straight away is what I want please please get in touch.
    Many thanks
    Paul (Manchester)

  7. Chloe Leahe says

    Hi, me and my partner are eager to experience living and working in Spain. We are only young, I am 21 and he is 24 therefore we have little commitments here in England and are ready for another adventure! I am a business management graduate who has worked in retail, sales, customer service and consultancy, he is a plumber working on new build sites. We are both very sociable people and enjoy interacting with new people and make new friends. We are happy to do any type of work to allow us to begin our adventure of living and working in Spain. We are very quick learners. We would also like to improve our Spanish skills and would be eager to do this quickly.
    Kind regards

  8. Hi, this is Ryan. I am an Irish 22 year old bartender. I have been working in the hospitality sector for 4 years now and am currently training in a managerial role, only trouble is Im just a bit fed up with Ireland. I have been looking to move abroad for some time now and would jump at the first chance I get. If anyone could contact me about any vacancies they know of it would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers, Ryan .

  9. Shannon Keane says

    Hi, I’m Shannon. I’m an Irish 19 year old student doing a degree in linguistics. I’m looking for summer bar work in Spain. I’ve been working in retail for 2 years now during college holidays and weekends so I’m definitely used to working with people and customer service. Please contact me if interested! Thank you.

  10. Shannon Keane says

    Hi, I’m Shannon. I’m an Irish 19 year old student doing a degree in linguistics. I’m looking for summer bar work in Spain. I’ve been working in retail for 2 years now during college holidays and weekends so I’m definitely used to working with people and customer service. I also have

  11. Samuel Fearon says

    My name is Samuel, can call me Sam;
    I am currently looking for a job in Spain preferably as a barman or a waiter as I have plenty of previous experience in these positions of work as I have worked in the busiest of tourist places in England such as Newquay and Padstow in Cornwall where people from all over the world come to visit for the beaches or the nightlife by the beach.
    I am already currently living in Altea I have transport to get around the costa Blanca area so Benidorm, Albir and places like this would be very convenient, I am fluent in English and know basic Spanish.
    I hope to get an email from someone regarding a job.
    Many thanks,

  12. Hi , I’m working now in hospitality London, but I love Spain &I I would like to move there… I can speak Spanish aswell, can you recomend something ? Thank you in advance .

  13. Gemma Paling says

    Hi my name is Gemma I am 30 years old and I would love to have the opportunity of working in gran canaria playa Del LA ingles it is something I have always wanted to do I have no ties and I am a fun bubbly person so please get in contact.

  14. Hi my name is Lauren I am looking to move to Spain ( hopefully soon) I work in care ATM but I have hotel receptionist experience and bar for 5 years. I am also a qualified hairdresser I don’t speak spainish but willing to learn! Be good to here back 🙂

  15. Hey there, we are looking for assistance with service and kitchen in our new take away THE HUNGRY DRAGON in Campos . Opening hours are 5pm to 11 pm or 12 am / 6 days a week. Assistance for a few hours or evenings is fine also. Some Spanish knowledge is a must, English would be nice… as the chef is from London… ! Thanks for getting in touch: 689709039

  16. Hello, My name is Harry, I am looking to move abroad with my girlfriend, I have experience with bar work as does she, she’s great with computers, very clever, currently working as an admin, I am a qualified boxing insstructure, currently studying my personal training level 3, willing to work in any position, looking for a live in position together, looking to move as soon as.

  17. Rich Axe says

    Good evening guys. I am really trying to get to Madrid to live with my girlfriend ( Spanish national). I have been working in banking for the last 7 years in the U.K. And previous to that sales for a similar time, my Spanish is very limited but self studying and paying for a tutor. I will accept pretty much any work. Or any hints and tips. I just want to get to what I consider the greatest city in the world.
    Thanks in advance.


  18. Rich Axe says

    Good evening guys. I am really trying to get to Madrid to live with my girlfriend ( Spanish national). I have been working in banking for the last 7 years in the U.K. And previous to that sales for a similar time, my Spanish is very limited but self studying and paying for a tutor. I will accept pretty much any work. Or any hints and tips

    Thanks in advance.


  19. Hannah Weir says

    Hello, My name is Hannah and I’m 22 years old living in the UK.
    I am looking for either dance entertainment job opportunities or bar work.
    I have a degree in Dance and have been working behind the various different bars since I was 18.
    However now looking find a job on an island where I adore and would enjoy to be in.
    Please get in touch.

  20. Chanel Griffiths says

    Hi, I’m Chanel i’m 24 years old and currently living in the UK. I’m an assistant manger of pub over and currently taking a level 3 in management and hospitality. i am looking to work aboard next year from the end of April (2018). I am generally looking for bar work as would love to gain more experience i am a hard worker and an a quick learner if any one knows of any bar-tending jobs please get in contact with me i would love to hear from you.
    Kind Regards Chanel.

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