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A bartender’s most obvious outward function is to take and prepare drink orders from customers at a bar or from the wait staff who have taken orders from customers. To do this, the bartender must be familiar with dozens of cocktail recipes and names or create drinks to a customer’s specifications. Often drink names are regional, so an awareness of the variability of drink names is desirable. The bartender then collects the money, makes change, and keeps track of tips (particularly when tips are distributed among bartenders, wait staff, and other restaurant employees).