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bar +‎ back, due to working in the back area of the bar and not interacting with patrons. Compare back of house and back office.


barback (plural barbacks)

  1. (bartending) An assistant to a bartender
    • 2000 December 1, Jack Helbig, “Reindeer Games”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Cerda moved to Chicago and worked at a series of bars and clubs: the Orbit Room, the Paradise Club, even a stint at Limelight, where he supplemented his earnings as a barback by performing as Nina Hagen in one of the cages.



barback (third-person singular simple present barbacks, present participle barbacking, simple past and past participle barbacked)

  1. To work as a barback.

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