[[caption-width-right:350:"What can I do you for?"]]

->''"I'm Guinan. I tend bar and I listen."''
-->-- '''Guinan''', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''

Working in a bar is never easy. You have to deal with [[PlayerCharacters lowlifes, drunks, soldiers]] who will harass the female entertainment and some of the clientele with their better armed arsenal, and the average Joe who [[TheConfidant confesses his life problems to you]] as you pour him another round. This is the life of the Bartender: he pours a round and just quietly listens and observes the setting.

Unless, of course, he's asked for advice. Just how valuable this advice might be depends on the story, but when you're desperate and maybe a bit drunk, it might seem like a good idea. Expect him to hear "IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough" pretty often. The ''real'' weirdos will be the ones who get DrunkOnMilk.

Depending on the setting, this character may also be a KnowledgeBroker, as alcohol tends to loosen lips. They may take up the duty of a {{quest giver}}s in [[YouAllMeetInAnInn any fantasy]] (or [[FeudalFuture science-fantasy]])-themed TabletopGame.

Many bartenders are [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known only by their nickname]]. Also often afflicted with ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'':
** Blueno took advantage of this as he disguised himself as one for several years to find any information about an ancient warship.
** Makino owns a bar in Fuusha village.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' TV series, one of the Major's underground contacts is a bartender.
* ''Manga/{{Bartender}}'', predictably, is an anime centered around a Bartender, his bar and the stories of its patrons.
* [[TeamMom Mirajane]] of ''Manga/FairyTail'' is this for the entire guild.
* Meliodas of ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' is the owner of the Boar Hat bar.
** Escanor is also the owner of a bar called "The Sweet Gluttony", and he pulls off the stereotypical bartender look better than Meliodas too.
* Andrew Gilbert "Agil" Mills from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' runs a bar in Tokyo. His wife runs the place during his absence, and after the titular game is cleared other players frequently visit the bar, especially the main characters.
* Izumo Kusanagi in ''Anime/{{K}}'', right-hand to the Red King, and owner and bartender of Bar HOMRA, the Red Clan's headquarters. While he does play a more involved role in the story, he is often seen behind the bar, making drinks, etc. He also usually has that bartender sensibility about him, whatever he's doing.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a G-rated version in the episode "The Forest Teacher", an Oranguru that lives up to the species' name of "Sage Pokémon", somehow dispensing advice to humans despite the PokemonSpeak (well, it ''is'' a Psychic-type, so maybe it's somehow making its meaning known without actually speaking), treating their wounds if needed, and serving up Pinap Juice.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* At the center of the ''ComicBook/{{Criminal}}'' universe is Gnarly, the ex-boxer who runs The Undertow, a dive bar frequented by crooks, con-men and people who just plain run out of luck. Like most bartenders, he has seen and knows a lot more than he lets on, and is extremely judicious in applying it.
* A NiceGuy bartender shows up in one story in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' and ends up helping Tulip's best friend with some sage advise while she's feeling down about her (lack of a) love life. And then, because this is a Creator/GarthEnnis comic, we get a hilarious (for us, not for him) story about how he ended up chemically castrated after he got mistaken for a child molester by the police.
* Kadies in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' usually has waitress Shellie in the role as an earpiece as evident by Dwight's background confessions seen in many stories. Her (and Kadie to a lesser extent) seem to be able to get Marv calmed down, no easy feat.
* Blurr ends up as this in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''. His bar is a general hangout for anyone willing to not shoot the other customers, Autobot, Decepticon, or neutral. In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade'', the title character goes here to get information on Starscream.
** Swerve in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' finds a bar aboard the ''Lost Light'' and promptly claims it as his own. Later issues establish it as one of (if not ''the'') most important places on the ship.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Tapper Smurf, the [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] proprietor of [[LocalHangout Tapper's]] [[GoodGuyBar Tavern]], in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf''. Interestingly, his name is a ShoutOut to the arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}''.
* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'': In the MLP loops, once Big Macintosh starts Looping, he takes to building a bar for other Loopers, giving them a place to help [[INeedAFreakingDrink cope after harsh loops]], as well as just giving them a place to hang out and share stories. Other Loopers have since followed his example and set up bars in other Loops.
* In ''{{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}}'', when Twilight goes to Sugarcube Corner for advice, she discover's Pinkie has adopted "Sympathetic Bartender" as a persona.
* Kurt Bright in ''FanFic/StormsOverhead'', who goes undercover as Kurtis, acts as one in the Charming Faeries Inn. It helps him with information gathering, as he exploits the fact that bartenders might be able to get [[LooseLips people talking once they've gotten drunk.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The bartender from ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}'' plays this role in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] plays the surly, [[OralFixation toothpick-chewing]] bartender of the local BadGuyBar in ''Film/{{Desperado}}''. He didn't even have a name; he was just called "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Short Bartender]]."
* Creator/DannyTrejo tended bar in both ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' and ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''. The roles wouldn't be that noticeable if they weren't being played by DANNY FREAKING TREJO!!!
* Brian Flanagan (played by Creator/TomCruise) learns the fine art of bartending from Doug Coughlin (Brian Brown) in ''Film/{{Cocktail}}''.
* The extremely creepy Lloyd of the extremely creepy Overlook Hotel in ''Film/TheShining''.
* Joe in ''The Sky's the Limit'', who is addressed in the movie's BreakawayPopHit, "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)."
* In ''Film/KeepingTheFaith'', the FramingDevice is the priest (name?) "confessing" to The Bartender.
* In ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'', Creator/WoodyHarrelson's character is a bartender who goes simply by the name [[NoNameGiven The Bartender]].
* ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Priest Vito Cornelius is shown pouring out his sorrows at a bar. The RevealShot shows the bartender listening to this drunken spiel is a faceless android.
* Creator/JohnWoo plays one in ''Film/HardBoiled'' to give Creator/ChowYunFat's CowboyCop 'Tequila Yuen' advice. He mentions at one point that he also was a cop.
%%* Angelica from ''Film/WinADateWithTadHamiliton''.
* ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'' has Alphonse Paquette, bartender of the Thunder Bay Inn and one of the witnesses to the murder of Barney Quill.
* In ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', the bartender in the Creede Hotel is the one who proposes John Kelley become [[TheSheriff Town Marshal]] for Creede, and gives Kelley the badge when he accepts the job.

* ''Literature/ParadiseRot''
** Thierry Delasix runs a "Tavairn" out in the jungle that Kyle keeps running into.
** Desmond might actually fit a bit better into this trope, as he runs a place with drinks and dispenses wisdom to the hero at an opportune time. The fact that it's an espresso cart has nothing to do with it.
* [[spoiler:Justin]] Callahan of the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' stories by Spider Robinson.
* "Mac", who runs [=MacAnally's=] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. [=MacAnally's=] is one of few places which is neutral ground for supernaturals, so every non-"vanilla human" in Chicago will drop by sooner or later. He doesn't talk much, though.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/TheDracoTavern Draco Tavern]]'' stories are told from the perspective of the human barkeep to an alien [[CityOfWeirdos Bar of Weirdos]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[spoiler:Aberforth Dumbledore]], the barkeep and innkeeper of the Hog's Head introduced in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''. Theres also Tom of the Leaky Cauldron introduced in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosophers Stone]]'' and Madam Rosmerta of the Three Broomsticks introduced in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]''.
* ''Literature/TheShipWhoSearched'' by Creator/MercedesLackey has a scene where the male lead pours out his woes to a bartender and receives some good advice -- along with a LampshadeHanging, as it's revealed that a lot of bartenders in this future setting have received formal training in psychological and relationship counseling because of how often they're in scenes like this.
* In ''Literature/TheShining'' by Creator/StephenKing, Jack talks with Lloyd the bartender, someone he knew before coming to the Overlook, but in this particular case, it's actually the Overlook serving as bartender.
* Xavier runs a bar in ''Literature/LonesomeDove''.
* In Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Barliman Butterbur hands down [[TheConfidant private]] letters among some of his customers and shares with them important information. Though he sometimes errs in giving advice, Gandalf trusts him and makes him his deputy QuestGiver.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Hibicus Dunelm, proprietor of the Mended Drum, knows what the routine is when a solitary figure is DrowningHisSorrows. Unfortunately, he tries it on Death, and the resulting conversation leaves him rather uneasy.
** Mr Cheese, the owner of the Bucket, the [[GoodGuyBar Watch pub]] in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is described as a good listener. He listens to things like "another beer" and "keep them coming". And he knows what to say: "Certainly, sir" and "Credit? Of course!"
** The bartender at the bar where Silverfish, Detritus and Gaspode are drowning their sorrows in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', on the other hand, has learnt it's best not to say anything. "It may never happen" or "It could be worse" don't go down well with his clientele, because it has and it was.
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', this is strictly enforced by Lilith - any bartender not round, red-cheeked, and jovial, willing to listen to the cares of the world, quickly loses his liquor license.
** Igor, mine host at Biers, has to cater for the drinking needs and variant temperaments of a supernatural and undead clientele.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[ShortStory short story]] ''[[Literature/StarWarsLastCallAtTheZeroAngle Last Call at the Zero Angle]]'' has Florn, a former TIE pilot who had to retire after a crash left him mostly a cyborg. He now runs the Zero Angle, a bar that serves as a hangout for off-duty TIE pilots from both the navy and army, which leads to frequent fights he has to break up. Notably, the pilots from both branches respect him due to the huge number of hours and kills he racked up as a pilot.
* A ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' example is Memah, one of the POV characters in ''Literature/DeathStar''.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At ''Full Mug'' you will find Rab who is both the owner and operator. He'll listen to whatever problem you're having while brewing up some of his [[{{whatevermancy}} taverncraft]] and give advice as necessary. You don't even need to be in his tavern for the first one; if he sees you on the street it's the same deal. In ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', he listened to Eric's girl trouble (failed attempt at a RelationshipUpgrade), Culmus' girl trouble (complicated UptownGirl situation) and Basilard's girl trouble (his clan is rejecting his adopted daughter and she is rejecting them as well, including Basilard himself) but only had sage advice for the latter.
* ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' has Francine, middle-aged human bartender at the Goblin Tavern. Although no Unnatural herself, she's been through so many hardships and bad decisions in her own life that she has no difficulty commiserating with her monstrous clientele's problems.
* Katrina "Kat" Williams is one of these for the Silver Bullet in ''Literature/{{Newshound}}''. Since the Bullet is the only bar in Phoenix catering exclusively to werewolves and other shapeshifters, Kat tends to know most of the local gossip, and isn't afraid to share it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': InvokedTrope in one episode. When Sheldon sees Penny working the bar, he expects her to act like the typical bartender, pouring drinks in which he can drown his sorrows and offering him sage advice.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "Beer Bad" Xander gets a job as bartender and looks forward to acting as TheConfidant to pretty girls, only to get run off his feet and insulted by arrogant frat boys. When one pretty girl does look ready to pour out her troubles, Xander brushes her off because he's too busy worrying about Buffy getting plastered with those same frat boys. He ends up quitting his job in a huff just because the owner brewed up some cursed beer that turned those drinking it into Neanderthals. Some people just can't be satisfied.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Sam Malone not only tended the bar, he owned it. At least for a while. Both Woody Boyd and Ernie "Coach" Pantusso worked as bartenders at the Cheers bar as well.
* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'': Al Swearengen tended the bar, when he wasn't being the town's crimelord.
* ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' has The Queen Vic(toria) pub, which is basically the centre of Albert Square. If you run it, you're in charge of the square. Usually, bad things happen to you, too. Several characters fight for the title King/Queen of the Vic.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'': Nelson is an oracle nonpareil who may just be the protagonist's subconscious. He's also a {{Fauxreigner}} in that he plays up a Jamaican accent so people don't take him too seriously ("Folks just seem happier with the other Nelson"). He turns up again in the very last episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', which reveals (MAJOR spoilers): [[spoiler: that he's more or less the British coppers' equivalent of ''St Peter.'']]
* ''Series/TheLoveBoat'': Isaac "your bartender". Always willing to lend an ear.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot episode]], Miles Matheson, at first, until Charlie Matheson came looking for him.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** J.D.'s slacker brother, Dan, was mentioned as being a bartender.
--->'''Dr. Cox''': Well, Dan, I'm gonna go ahead and worry about how we do things around here. But if I ever need to make a top notch rum and coke, well, by golly, mister, you better be right by the phone, 'cause I might just give you a jingle! [makes a ringing noise] Dan! Cox-a-roony, here! Regarding the rum and coke issue: could ''not'' be more confused...
** In one episode, we see JD and Turk flamboyantly mixing drinks at a bar, complete with tossing the drinks in the air and catching them in the glass.
--->'''JD:''' Last summer, Turk and I had to choose between working disaster relief or going to bartender school. I like to think we made the right choice.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Quark. While more self-serving than the average example, he genuinely enjoys talking to people and getting to know them, and laments turning down a more profitable career as an ArmsDealer due to it being impersonal. Oh, and amoral.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': ''"I'm Guinan. I tend bar and I listen."''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': In the original pilot "The Cage," the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Boyce, has a drink kit to use when he wants to get a patient of his to open up. As he says "Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'd never tell his doctor."
* Boaby the Barman at the Clansman in ''Series/StillGame''. It's not clear if his surly attitude is the cause or result of the constant abuse he gets from the clientele.
* One sketch in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' involves a bartender that manages to simultaneously offer his customer advice and bar snacks through a HurricaneOfEuphemisms.
-->'''Laurie:''' Let's face it we haven't slept together for years. The best she can hope for is a bit of--\\
'''Fry:''' Savoury finger?\\
'''Laurie:''' And naturally, she won't give me so much as a--\\
'''Fry:''' Good juicy tongue in the back passage!
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Josie is a bartender in Hell's Kitchen who Matt and Foggy have helped out on numerous legal issues. Matt, Karen and Foggy in turn hang out at the bar after work to play pool and have drinks.
** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': This is how Luke Cage gets introduced, running his own bar in Hell's Kitchen. It's a low profile job that allows him to stay off the radar as he's an escaped fugitive from Seagate. He loses the bar after Kilgrave makes him blow it up.
** ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Since the whole saga with Kilgrave, Luke has moved uptown and now works nights as a dishwasher at Harlem's Paradise. In the first episode, he is pressed by the kitchen manager into bartending because Dante, the regular bartender, has called in "sick" to go help his friends Shameek and Chico rob a gun deal between Cottonmouth and Domingo Colon. During his shift, Luke ends up meeting Detective Misty Knight, who is there undercover to watch Cottonmouth. Luke exchanges witty banter with Misty and eventually entices her into having a one-night stand with him in his apartment. At one point, Luke and waitress Candace Miller also have to deliver some expensive Ace of Spades champagne upstairs to the private box where Cottonmouth, Mariah Dillard, and Domingo are officially sealing the gun deal that Dante and his boys are robbing.

* Music/TobyKeith's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGXmf8VV5qI "Hope on the Rocks"]] is from the point of view of a bartender who acts as a confidante for all those who come to drown their sorrows.
* "The Wishing Well" by Trent Willmon is a similar storyline to the above song.

* ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'''s [[SpaceWestern "Sparks Nevada"]] segments feature [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Barkeep]], who [[AffectionateParody deliberately]] leans into all this trope's associated stereotypes ([[HiddenDepths until he doesn't]]).
-->'''Barkeep:''' [[CatchPhrase I don't want no trouble in my place!]]

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Babysitting New Year's Eve", Mrs. Davis has a friend who's a bartender. She invites him over to prepare the punch for her New Year's party. Mrs. Davis' bartender friend is allowed New Year's off as a condition of his employment. The reason? [[FridgeLogic The bartender hates drunks.]]

* Nick, owner of Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, Restaurant, and Entertainment Palace in ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife''.
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' has Charles F. Maude of Maude's Roadside Retreat, Sweet Apple, Ohio.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The bartenders in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' games are usually of the rough, shady, and not very friendly variety. Probably a member of the ThievesGuild. Pretty much a given, since the ThievesGuild is ''under'' the bar in game 1, in game 2 the bartender is a minion of the most prominent criminal in a corrupt city, and in game 5 the entire bar is owned by that same person; there aren't any taverns in games 3 and 4.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Mr. Barten, the keeper of the Milk Bar in Termina.
** Telma in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' owns the aptly named Telma's Bar, which is a fairly important area for the story.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has Furosa, the proprietor of the Noble Canteen in Gerudo Town.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** A Turian bartender in the Dark Star lounge [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the advice-giving portion of the Bartender trope; if Shepard attempts to milk him for gossip, he suggests you ask around before commenting that he doesn't get "why humans always ask him that."
** Another lampshade is hung by Aethyta, the Asari bartender on Ilium, who turns out to be a Matriarch. When the character asks what she's doing tending bars, when Matriarchs are supposed to be councilors and figures of wisdom, her reply is, basically, "that's why Matriarchs make the perfect bartender." The third game reveals that [[spoiler: she's Liara's father (no, not her "other mother", her father) and was keeping an eye on Liara's intel-broker activities for the other matriarchs. She moves to a bar on the Citadel once the Reaper war starts.]]
** In [[WretchedHive Omega]], a Batarian bartender tries to poison Shepard, but since this is Shepard, he fails. Shepard can then either force the bartender to drink his own poison, get a paranoid turian to shoot him or tell him to scram. He's promptly replaced by a salarian.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:''
** Dutch, who runs the Vortex on the Nexus is a subversion. He doesn't want to be a bartender. The Vortex was meant to be a science lab, but some people realized it'd make a pretty swell bar, gave him the equipment to make it one, and he's been reluctantly mixing drinks ForScience ever since. After Ryder shows up, it becomes clear as much as he complains, he's starting to get into the bar scene.
** Umi Hemon, the owner of [[BadGuyBar Kralla's Song]] is another subversion. She hates being a bartender (why is she a bartender, then? Don't ask), and is pretty rude toward customers, at the best of times. Except Drack, having taken on the challenge of trying to make a drink that'll actually work on him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}''
* The elderly and professional George Watstatt from ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm'', sometimes replaced by the young and eager Dave Nihilist.
* K from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', a former a Samurai commander, became this upon retirement. He mellowed out, but he still helps out the new generation by managing Challenge Quests and, as per trope standard, advice dispenser.
* The WildWest chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' has one, of course. His main purpose in the game is to waste time: you get eight minutes to set traps to hold off the Crazy Bunch gang, and if you're done early you can have a drink to pass the time faster. While he has a story to tell, he keeps getting sidetracked telling it and it goes absolutely nowhere.
* Podley from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' fills this role quite nicely, being the bartender in the appropriately named Rogueport. He's essential to recruiting one of the members to your party much later in the game.
* The protagonist of ''VisualNovel/Va11HallA'' is a bartender of a tavern set in a Cyberpunk dystopia. Her job is to not only keep her clients properly liquored up, but also converse with them and give them advice.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' often mentions bartenders in the FlavorText of the spaceport bars where you can pick up missions.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has a few. None of them are of the advice-giving persuasion, but they all have their own relevance to the plot.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', there's Lloyd, the owner and bartender at the tavern in Redcliffe. The player, if their persuasion skill is high enough, may force him to participate in the defense of the village instead of hiding out in the cellar getting drunk.
*** In the city of Denerim, the unnamed bartender at the Gnawed Noble Tavern can be approached for some off-the-record side quests which are not precisely legal.
*** The owner of the Spoiled Princess Inn, on the docks of Lake Calenhad, needs the player character to stop asking nosy questions because his family is under threat of murder. Naturally, the player helps him get out of trouble.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the bartender of the Hanged Man is called Corff. Instead of advice, he offers gossip when asked, and some of it is incredibly funny.
** In the first part of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the bar in Haven is run by a sweet woman called Flissa. Her major involvement with the plot is needing to be rescued from the burning bar when the village is attacked.
*** When the Inquisition settles in Skyhold, she's replaced as bartender by a taciturn dwarf named Cabot. When asked, Cabot will comment on his training, the general mood, and random things he's overheard from the patrons - all delivered in the same deadpan tone.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''[[http://everblue-comic.com/2010/12/13/page-17-3/ Everblue.]]''
* In ''Webcomic/TheBugPond'', a bug named Raspberry runs a juice bar where Flash goes to express his woes.
* Crystal of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' hosts the bizarre cast of the comic in her bar, always ready to comfort them with a smile and a free drink she mixed herself. [[LethalChef For your own safety, do NOT try her experimental cocktails.]]
* Darin of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is the wise, almost fatherly variety. [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/09262001/ Here is his introduction.]]
* Bacchus, the protagonist of ''Webcomic/NectarOfTheGods'', is this kind of character, who tends to the bar giving characters advice and serves them a [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood perfect cocktail]] to soothe their troubles, and practically every other character in the comic is a bartender as well.
* Kendrion from ''Webcomic/EvenInArcadia'' spends time [[http://epidigm.net/arcadia/2011/05/17/the-sojourner-page-15/ pouring his rejected heart out]] to a barmaid who ends up [[http://epidigm.net/arcadia/2011/05/31/the-sojourner-page-17/ giving him advice.]]
* Eric Patterson, from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''.
* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'', [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2013/04/03/farout-page-28/ one appears behind the bar as the character walks in.]]
* ''Webcomic/InhumanRelations'': Slavko the bartender is always ready to dispense wisdom to his patrons. [[http://inhumanrelations.com/comic/understanding-women/ And someday, he just might have some wisdom to dispense.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', one of Hwa Ryun's jobs is being the clerk in a karaoke bar.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** This role is filled by siblings Bart and Carrie Enderson. Ironically, they're both {{Secret Keeper}}s to two mercenaries that despise each other.
** There was also an [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep unnamed]] pirate bartender who appeared in Greybeard's flashback.
* Dominic of ''WebVideo/VideoGameConfessions'' is this. It's not easy for him, because the bar in question is mostly visited by troubled Video Game Characters.
* Bora from ''Literature/DragomirsDiary''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Moe Szyslak from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', voiced by Creator/HankAzaria.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a robot named iZak work as a bartender at times, parodying Isaac from ''The Love Boat'' (see Live-Action TV).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', Handlebar was the resident bartender in New Texas. He fought more than he listened, though.
* Horace, from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', who is the proprietor of the Drunken Clam in Quahog. [[spoiler: Until Jerome accidentally kills him in a softball game, who then purchases the Drunken Clam and takes Horace's place to honor his legacy.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': The Brain works part-time at his parents' ice cream shop, filling this role in later seasons.
* Sadie Miller in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can be considered this for the Big Donut.