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Repeal Day is December 5th

Those who know me well are aware that I’ve been going on about this for years, but for some reason I’ve only just now remembered that I have my own website and can carry on the effort here. Folks, there are a few drinking holidays here in the United States, but I’m here to tell you | Read More

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

Okay, it doesn’t sound so great when you scream it like that, but… The Eugene Weekly’s Best of Eugene poll came out, and I’ve tied with my good friend Jeremy Shank for the second-best bartender in Eugene. You can read the full story here. Scroll down about halfway to see my little name in there. | Read More

Ask Your Bartender: Martini Advice

Hey Bartender As a novice bartender I find that martini etiquette can be quite confusing, perhaps because the traditional martini and the present-day fad are different. I understand not shaking clear martinis, and I also do not add vermouth to vodka. I suppose I would like to hear your take on what to shake, and | Read More

Wine Presentation Class

Art of the Drink (no relation to the previous post) has a great little class on how to present wine in a bar or restaurant setting. This is a great video to watch for service industry people and restaurant-goers alike, as he covers some key points – my favorite being this: it is not okay | Read More

Brilliant Take on the Vodka Martini

You all know how I feel about vodka martinis, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time. Well, Darcy over at The Art of Drink put it better than I ever could: People seem to fear the vermouth, when in reality vermouth is your friend. It is the vermouth that adds the flavour | Read More

Bartender Receives $10,000 Tip

The luck of some people. I suppose congratulations are in order, but wow! “I’ve been waiting on him for about three years,” Kienow said. “We’d just talk across the bar he’s a really nice guy. I hope he comes back in so I can tell him thank you, because the other day I was kind | Read More

How To Land A Bartending Job With No Experience

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 | Read More

New RSS Feed Location

I’m moving to Feedburner! Starting this weekend, the new address for my RSS feed will be: http://feeds.feedburner.com/bartenderblog Update your RSS readers accordingly! Thanks.

Ask Your Bartender: New to Bartending

Hey Bartender I’m a waitress who was thrown into bartending by chance. Our bartender quit on a Friday night, so the manager came up to me and said, “Guess what …you’re it.” This has been about 5 weeks ago. I’m learning rapidly and am doing okay. Fortunately, its a small bar and not heavily populated. | Read More

More Things You Should Never Say to Your Bartender

I’ve gotten tons and tons of feedback from bartenders all over the globe about my Eight Things You Should Never Say to Your Bartender post a while back. It seems that everyone’s got their own list of things they don’t want to hear while working, so here are a few: “Do you know who I | Read More

Ask Your Bartender: Pursuing Bartenders

Hey Bartender I want to ask out a bartender at the bar I go to sometimes with my friends, but I don’t know how I should ask her out. Can you give me some advice? G Hey G Asking out a bartender, especially a female bartender, can be tricky. On one hand, she’s probably getting | Read More

Ask Your Bartender: Resume Advice

Hey Bartender I was just surfing the net to get an idea of what to put on a resume for bartending when i have had no bartending experience. I have worked at McDonalds and a big candy store in NYC. I have a bartending license from NY but have had no job. Do you have | Read More

Dissed

It’s Friday night. I’m closing the bar tonight, so I’m not required to be there until 6. Lately, on Fridays, it’s been kind of slow, so I saunter in around 6:15. Of course, it’s slammed. The printer is chattering off drink orders for the restaurant, the bar is full of customers, and my bartender is | Read More

Eugene Food Blogs in the News

Two of my favorite local food bloggers, Brownie Points Blog (when are we getting together to play with the liquid nitrogen tank, Jocelyn?) and Accidental Scientist are in the Eugene Weekly today. I highly recommend reading both their blogs for fun insights into home cooking, local restaurant reviews, and even a scathing comment or two | Read More

Ask Your Bartender: Accepting Drinks

I get so many emails through my website from people asking me bar-related questions that I thought I’d start printing them here with my special brand of witty response. If you have a question you’d like answered, please feel free to contact me and I’ll print your question here. So, without further ado, here’s the | Read More