October 13, 2010

What Makes a Good Bartender?

ted_lange.jpgThis just in - we've spent a good amount of time sitting at a bar, but it's not until fairly recently that we really thought about what makes a good bartender. Is it most important to be able to dream up and build perfect cocktails - y'know, the ones that take 2 eye droppers, a tube of liquid nitrogen and a paint mixer to make? Or is it more important to be able to connect with your customer, remember his favorite beer, and make easy conversation while you're pulling it?

It obviously depends on the atmosphere and other factors in the bar, but the truly excellent bartender should be able to do both, right? Just in time for this kind of soul searching we're involved in, Gary Regan has put together a great article about "young" folks behind the bar, to give the whippersnappers some schooling on everything from building drinks to charm and poise. Cheers, Gary!

Although the core chore of the bartender - to make people happy, welcome and cared for - will never vary, over the past decade the mixology side of the craft has changed completely...Not all drinks being served in today's cocktail lounges, though, deserve space in a chilled glass. I hate to be the one who says this, but I'm betting you've seen it coming. The cocktailian craft has been grossly mishandled of late, and it's time to rein in a few newcomers to the craft who seem to have missed the point.
Read the full article at SFGate

(image via DrinkBoston - along with some good advice about being a bartender)

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 13, 2010 8:04 PM
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