Bartender

Bartender’s Resume

bartending resumeWhen you first decide you want to be a bartender, you usually pick up a book or two about cocktails and then maybe sign up for a bartending course. All of this effort will get you started, but bar schools usually don't… [Continue]

Bartenders Root Beer Recipe

Bartenders Root beerWhen you work behind a bar you'll get the occasional odd request. Sometimes it for some bizarre drink, other times it for an odd ingredient and then there is the request for items that usually are not stocked in a typical bar, like root beer. Most bars have a limited… [Continue]

Bar Tools and Equipment List

Behind the bar you need a lot of bar tools and equipment, often more than you think, especially if you want to be perceived as a professional. Most bars will have the basic equipment, such as shakers and bottle openers, but depending on where you work, they may not provide all the things that make your job easier. Aside from the most common items (bottle opener, wine key, shaker) there is a whole… [Continue]

G’Vine Day 2

Very interesting things happen when you take a group of bartenders, mix in some of the best spirits and cocktails in the world and then stick them in a hotel together. And I'm glad I waited until the morning to right this post because we've got some killer material. Whenever an Australian does a striptease to Waltzing Matilda, on boat, you know it's going to be one of "those"… [Continue]

G’Vine Bartender Summaries Pt. II

And here are the final bartender summaries for the top six competitors. Sometimes circumstances have an interesting effect on the final positions in any competition. There is no doubt that things like jet-lag, smoke inhalation and the sniffles can make or break a competitor. But, the top competitors always find a way to rise above these things and still give outstanding performances.

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What It Takes to be a Bartender

bartender skillsIn many conversations I've had with people, the perception of a bartender is rather simple. The fact is that being a bartender can be fairly hard, if you take the job seriously. It's not so much the obvious, such as pouring a pint that is hard, it is dealing with… [Continue]

Bartender Fan Mail

bartendingEvery once in a while I get a comment that rubs me the wrong way. I usually ignore them and press the "junk comment" button, sending the offending comment down the proverbial data toilet. But this comment is epic. When dumb people speak, or type, the truth can be found… [Continue]

Bartender vs Mixologist

Bartender vs MixologistAs I was perusing the Liquid Muse’s blog, Natalie had a great topic in one of her posts. During an interview she called Rick, from Martini Groove, a “mixologist”… [Continue]

Jumping the Shark

The idiom “jumping the shark” is defined as the moment in time when a creative effort moves beyond the essential qualities that initially defined its success and progresses into absurdity. The publication of “The Sorcerer of Shaken & Stirred” by the New York Times is a perfect example… [Continue]

My First Bartending Shift

First Bartending ShiftEvery once-in-a-while I like to reflect back upon certain bartending moments in my life, and one that always comes to mind is my first bartending shift ever. I, like many others, started bartending by doing… [Continue]

Advice for New Bartenders

The number one email question I get is "what should a rookie bartender know before they start their first shift?" or "what should a new bartender do to becomes successful?". So instead of answering each question independently I figured I could put together a good summary post that… [Continue]

Cocktail Hall of Shame

Cocktail-hall-of-shameWhen you write a blog, you try to keep things interesting by writing about a bunch of different subjects. Most of the time I write about cocktails and drinks I like, or what’s popular. That can get old. So I decided that I should occasionally write about things… [Continue]

Bartending Pet Peeve Number One

cocktail-shaker.jpgWhen you work behind a bar, there are many things that the customers / guest don't get to see or don't understand. Sometimes we don't want you to see things, it is part of the magic, other times we would like to let you know about something. Here's one… [Continue]

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