When a bartender appears as a character in your dream, examine the situation that unfolds to see if you are 'escaping' or not taking responsibility for something related to the dream. Since everyone in a dream is personifying aspects of you, the bartender can represent the side of you that enables a type of dysfunctional escapism. Food and drinking in a dream symbolize fulfillment and if you are drinking alcoholic beverages, you are sedating your awareness. See also Alcohol.