The Bar is clearly a second home for many at Chad’s, and is certainly one of the focal points of the social life of the college. It’s friendly atmosphere and quirky setting make it the ideal place to meet and greet your friends. At Chad’s, we welcome people who don’t have any desire to get drunk and fall over just as much as anyone else, and despite what university stereotypes might suggest, it’s not all about drinking vast quantities of alcohol. In fact, in keeping with DSU policy, we sell ludicrously cheap soft drinks, just because we can!
Freshers will be given the opportunity to work behind the bar early in the first term, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh and isn’t afraid of a busy couple of hours work should feel free to get stuck in. Bar Staff get also free crisps and soft drinks! It’s also a great way to make new friends and get some experience (you don’t need any at all to do it!).
As Bar President I am in charge of the Bar Committee. 'BarCom' is made up of five undergraduates who manage various aspects of the day-to-day running of one of the most popular college bars in Durham. My job is to ensure that everyone else on the committee is doing their job as well as liaising with the Exec, Senior Management and helping with Social Events and College Balls. We've a great range of World Beers and Premium Spirits that regularly bring in visitors from all across Durham. With a great cosy atmosphere, Chad's Bar is the perfect place for a night out, as well as a casual drink after a long day of studying (and procrastination). In addition, anyone from Chad's (with a little training of course) can work the bar. All of the money we make each year is invested into various committees, and sports with some money set aside to improve the bar. If it's not already evident, I love talking about the bar, so feel free to ask if you have any questions!
As Bar Manager I organise all of the bar staff, including putting together a rota and providing training. One of the best things about Chad's Bar is that everyone works, no experience or interviews necessary - so there is an opportunity to get to know everyone in college, from all years! You'll even meet reclusive 4th years as they emerge from the libraries for a 60p pint of diet Coke.
I order stock, do stocktakes, design and order stash and organise socials.
As Bar Treasurer it is my responsibility to ensure that the bar is making a profit whilst keeping drinks cheap. I pay invoices sent to us from a myriad of different breweries and at the end of each term I compile a cashbook accounting for all of our monetary movements. Every day I come into college to count up the money in the tills from the previous night. Along with the rest of the bar committee, I also ensure the bar as a whole runs smoothly.
My role in college is to keep the cellar tidy and clean so it is easy for the cellarman on shift. I clean the beer lines once a week to make sure the beer is as refreshing and tasty as it should be. I stock up each day before the shift to make sure both bars are fully stocked. Finally, I take bar deliveries once a week.