Fun bar blog Make Money Bartending has this post giving advice to people looking to get started in the bar biz. And I quote:
It’s much easier to get a job as a busser than it is as a bartender, this is obvious. A busser’s job is an entry level position where a bartender’s job is generally not.
Something to remember is, there are a lot of bars out there that only hire bussers, while recruiting all bartenders within.
With that said, if you’re wanting to bartend it’s not a bad idea to look at those kinds of places for work. Getting a job as busser, with the intention and ambition to work your way up to bartending is an excellent strategy.