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Will "Bartenders" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's quite likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 51% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 77% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $10.00 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 423 out of 706

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Job description

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

SOC Code: 35-3011

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Aidan says
There isn't really a NEED to automate a bartender. They aren't paid that much to begin with, so automating them wouldn't render them all that cost effective. I also doubt the efficiency of getting your drink to begin with would fluctuate all that much. With current technology and the limits of our ability to replicate human dexterity, it's unlikely that the speed and accuracy of a bartender could have any competition to begin with. Think about the customer service aspect as well, who wants to be served by a lifeless robot that just scans you as another customer to serve?
Sep 14, 2019 at 06:54 AM
Bell (Small chance) says
I could see big chains with money doing this, especially restaurants, or places that have less human contact behind the bar.

Smaller places, no. Not enough money.

Bartenders make up a lot of the charm (or frustration) of going out, and automating this literally would take the life out of a place and probably backfire.
Aug 16, 2019 at 08:06 PM
Lee Springer says
When robots mix drinks at the bars I'm going to be the saddest person at the bar since I tend to drink alone. Time to put my phone away and attempt conversation with the other humans.
May 29, 2019 at 06:41 PM
Jesse (Could go either way) says
Bartenders serve libations to Humans. Humans are social beings who drink when socializing. Chances are Humans will go drink to escape robots.
May 13, 2019 at 02:50 PM
Anon says
Some bartnders have prevented suicides, I feel you can't automate that human experience that a lot of people go to a bar for.
May 07, 2019 at 11:55 AM
Lance O'Conner says
I can't talk to a robot about Karen taking the kids
Apr 01, 2019 at 11:43 PM

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