Bar Work – How to Get a Job in a Bar in Tenerife

Without question, the most popular type of job in Tenerife is working in a bar.

We have created this entire page devoted to the subject in order to answer your frequently asked questions that you have e-mailed to us.

Tenerife is the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands which is a group of seven islands very close to the North African coast.

If you don’t mind which islands you find bar work in, then also look at our pages on jobs in Lanzarote, jobs in Gran Canaria and although it is a little bit quiet for bar jobs there is also Fuerteventura.

If you want a lively resort which has a party atmosphere then Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria is a good alternative to the very busy resorts on Tenerife such as Los Cristianos, Playa De Las Americas and Puerto De La Cruz which are located in the south of Tenerife.

Where Can I Find Bar Jobs in Tenerife?

South Tenerife is the part of the island which has an abundance of our jobs in the summer because the three major tourist resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz are located here.

job-spain-graphicAround the island you will find some smaller resorts which of course also will have plenty of bars, these include the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Amarilla Golf, El Medano, Garachico, Guia De Isora, Los Gigantes, Playa De La Arena, Playa Paraiso, Puerto De Santiago and San Miguel De Abona.

We list below a couple of companies below that offer a service whereby you effectively pay for a package holiday with your flights, transfers, food and accommodation included but while you are in Tenerife they have reps on hand who have local contacts and who try find you a job for the summer which is usually in a bar, club or as a PR rep.

Air Pro working holiday packages include flights, airport transfers, 4 weeks holiday accommodation and an experienced rep on hand to help with finding you a job in Tenerife.

PlayaWay “There are various jobs available here in Tenerife and depending on suitability and availability your Playaway Reps will endeavour to get you sorted with work as soon as you’re ready to.”

The most common method of getting a bar job in Tenerife is simply to turn up at the beginning of the summer season and ask around by going from bar to bar and asking the bar staff if they have any vacancies going.

Leave your details and sooner or later someone will call you back.

You just need to make sure that you have enough savings in order to pay for your living expenses and accommodation for about four weeks while you search for work.

Hopefully it won’t take this long but it’s best just to make sure. At least you will have a fantastic time while you are in Tenerife!

There is usually a lot of accommodation where you can share with other people searching for work but if you want to rent an apartment then a studio or one bed long let usually will cost from €400 a month.

The earlier you arrive in Tenerife the better (May or June is ideal) because renting apartments in the height of summer is going to be difficult especially if you are saying that you only want to rent for one month.

Our main page on jobs in Tenerife also has some good places where you can find work such as forums, newspapers, radio stations and other useful websites.

Bar Jobs in Playa de las Americas

As the busiest and liveliest party resort on Tenerife this is obviously the place to go if you want to work in a bar.

Most bars and clubs are located centrally in three distinct areas known as Starco’s, Veronicas and The Patch.

Here is a list of the most popular bars in Playa de las Americas with which to search for jobs:

  • American Dream bar
  • Anthony’s Bar
  • Bell Bar
  • Blaydon Races Bar
  • Brannigans bar
  • Bonkers Bar
  • China’s White Bar
  • Down Under bar
  • Drunk N Duck Bar
  • Dubliner Bar
  • Fitzpatricks Irish Bar
  • Full Monty Bar
  • Gangsters Bar
  • Judge Jules Bar
  • Leonardo’s bar
  • Lineker’s bar
  • Mett bar
  • Murphy’s Irish Bar
  • O’Neill’s Bar
  • Oasis Bar
  • Open air Bar
  • PI’S bar
  • Playaflor (gay bar)
  • Pleasure Island Bar
  • Railway Tavern
  • Rooftops Bar
  • Sax Bar
  • Shenanigans Bar
  • Soul Cafe Bar
  • Travellers Rest
  • Yates Bar
  • Yordy’s Bar
  • Wakikis Beach Bar
  • Weatherspoons
  • Wigan Pier Pub
  • Yates Bar
Here is a list of the most popular night clubs in Playa de las Americas with which to search for bar jobs:
  • Babewatch Lap Dancing Club
  • Bobby’s Club
  • Busby’s Club
  • Crows Nest Club
  • Jumpin Jacks Club
  • Rags Club
  • Tramps Club
  • Sound of Cream Club
The Playa de las Americas/Costa Adeje gay village is centred at the Salytien Shopping Centre and has the following popular bars: Geminis bar, The Cellar Bar, Chaplins bar and Punto Zero Club.

Tenerife Bar Jobs – Do I Need To Speak Spanish?

Because there are so many bars in Tenerife there are many positions and jobs available but the other great advantage of looking for bar work in Tenerife is the fact that you will not need to be fluent in Spanish.

In fact you don’t even need to speak any Spanish at all in order to be hired in one of the many international bars that cater to the British German and Scandinavian tourists that make up the majority of nationalities on holiday in Tenerife.

Types of Summer Bar Jobs

Most are jobs are going to involve serving drinks behind the bar or pub or club. Previous experience will help that is not necessary in working behind the bar.

You will need to be good with numbers in order to calculate change. A friendly disposition is a must and it doesn’t hurt if you are a good-looking male or female.

There are some spin-off alternative bar jobs if you don’t fancy working behind the bar itself.

As well as bartenders and barmaids there is a need to for staff to collect empty glasses, to man the cloakroom, each bar or club will require security staff such as doormen or bouncers, jelly-shot girls, laughing gas sellers, there is also a need for PR’s in Tenerife and dancers.

There are plenty of opportunities for working as door staff in Tenerife as what are known as door supervisors providing security on the doors to bars and clubs. A door supervisor job in Tenerife, also known instead as a bouncer or DS, decides who can gain entrance to the bar, pub or club and is responsible for the safety of the customers and clients.

This page will help you if you fancy looking for other types of summer jobs in Tenerife.

Summer Bar Work – How Much Can I Earn?

There are lots of opportunities for summer bar jobs in Tenerife and because the island has such mild winters many tourists from all over Europe go there to escape and catch some winter sun so it is even possible to work all the year round in Tenerife.

Having said this most are jobs will be seasonal, temporary jobs for which the bar and is just need extra help to cope with the massive demand in the summer months of July and August.

Working behind the bar in Tenerife is brilliant fun and ideal if you are a student who wants to work through the summer.

To be honest you’re not likely to come back from Tenerife with a lot of savings but at least working covers your living expenses and working in a bar in a holiday resort gives you the opportunity to have time off and go to the beach during the daytime.

So how much can you earn working in a bar job in Tenerife? Most bar owners are happy to exploit the fact that there are more people searching for work than there are jobs. Rates of pay are on average six euros an hour, sometimes less!

At least one of the perks is that you get cheap or free drinks while you’re working.

Alternatively look for a job as a holiday rep in Tenerife with a major tour operator.

Tenerife Video

Below we have a video showing spectacular views and sights on the island of Tenerife as well as nightlife.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is warmed year-round by the African sun. Tenerife offers its visitors lush forests, spectacular beaches and lively nightlife, providing a wide variety of holiday styles to suit all tastes.

We encourage companies looking to employ bar staff on Tenerife to list your vacancies for free below and if you are searching for bar work you can also leave your situations wanted and your contact details below in the comments box.

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We also have our Main Spanish jobs/work section.


  1. Matthew Bean says

    Hi I am a gardener with my own business. 15 years experience and would love to work in tenerife

  2. Grahambarton says

    Hi im graham im looking for any type of work im hear full time now in los cristianos.if any one can help please let me know bar work pr work any type of work thank you

  3. Hei!
    I’m bartender
    I worked 1″year in mallorca.

  4. mark nesbitt says

    hi my name is mark I’m 32 I have worked in security but willing to try something new
    bar jobs pr ect I would like some feed back ect

  5. josh moran says

    Hi my names Josh Moran looking for bar work in tenerife visited the island many of times I have a chatty outgoing personality and have previous bar experience and can build a rapport of a person very quickly been a dream of mine to work abroad thanks for taking the time to read this.
    Josh Moran

  6. Julie Bent says

    Looking for bar or waitress work in Adele beginning of July onwards expierence of bar management and waitressinf for the past 15 years can email my cv if required

  7. Greetings
    My name is Antonia,I am a qualified health and child carer looking for a job in Tenerife
    Kindly contact me on
    Your response will be highly appreciated
    Thank you

  8. Holly Lomax says

    My name is Holly and I am an enthusiastic and optimistic 23 year old student. I have recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh and I will be starting a masters degree at Cambridge University in October.

    I am looking for employment opportunities in catering/ hospitality/ retail between July and October 2016. I am a versatile and confident employee and I always try my hardest to contribute positively to whatever organisation I am a part of! I pride myself on my people-skills and my ability to work well in a team or individually, as well as my efficient time-management and organisational skills that I have gained from many years experience working at various bars, restaurants and cafes.

    Please get in contact if you have any suitable employment, I will be very glad to hear from you.
    Holly Lomax


  9. Hi, I’m a 21 year old Australian looking for bar or waiting jobs anywhere in the Canary’s

  10. Hello, I’ve worked as a waitress for past 6 years and I’m trying to get a job in Tenerife, mostly at Playa de la America’s. I speak English, not Spanish. I do understand a lot of it, though. If there is a chance and you can notify me, please do. Thank you a lot. There is a night club in the offer, also.

  11. Kennedy McDonnell says

    Hi, my name is Kennedy, i’m almost 19 i came on holiday to Tenerife in May 2015! I really enjoyed my stay and would like to look for work out here. I have experience of working behind a bar and in a retail shop. If anybody knows of any work could you please let me know, willing to do anything. Thanks in advance, Kennedy

  12. michael brockie says

    hi my name is Michael I am 22 years old and currently live in Edinburgh, I am looking for bar work in Tenerife I have previous experience, I am a very hard working and honest guy, I plan to come over in early march, any help would be much appreciated, thanks

  13. Cherry Butler says

    Hi I am just in the process of selling my business in the UK. We have sold our 8 bedroomed Hotel, with Bar and Restaurant, plus Function room, and are currently listing our other 2 pubs for sale. We plan to be in Costa Adeje by mid August and would like to find work straight away in this field. As you can see I have much experience and believe I would be an asset to any establishment. The only downside is I do not currently speak fluent Spanish. Any help in this area would be much appreciated. Many thanks Cherry

  14. marc elliot says

    Hi there,my names marc iam a SIA approved DS,looking for DS work in tenerife,coming over in may,i am from scotland and have experience as a DS.2013

  15. We are a mature couple who have just surrendered a lease on a bar in Ireland. We would be interested in managing a bar any where in the canary s or mainland Spain.

  16. Jason O Leary says

    Hey my name is Jason and would love to work in bar for few months starting early May 2013, got lots of prevous experience.

  17. hi, im going to be coming out in apriish iv got bar experience, could you tell me the spaces left for april/may 2013

  18. Hi there !
    I’m a waiter, looking for work in a bar and wondering how i can find a vacancy there?
    Thanks you !

  19. looking to move out there looking for bar work in 2013

  20. lucia hruskova says

    hi my name is Lucia and i was wondering if you know about some bar jobs for next year?

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