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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wow, this is really great. Gary Regan of Ardent Spirits did an article about orange liqueurs for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and he included some of my thoughts and a recipe, for our Mexican Sidecar at Vaquero. You can read the article here for now, but I highly recommend picking up the June issue and seeing | Read More
Sophie Soong of KVAL here in Eugene interviewed me last night for a short piece on tipping here in Eugene. You can read the brilliant soundbite I gave here. Thanks, Sophie!