I am the first bartender this restaurant has hired and this is also my first bartending job, so both the owner and I are coming up with the tip out policy from scratch. This is in the US -- if you are not familiar with how US tipping culture works, please don't answer. [more inside]
About 8 months ago I asked a question about becoming a bartender on the fly, and the answers I received were fantastic, and really helped me become comfortable mixing drinks faster than I would have. But I have a few questions about something I didn't realize I would need help with: Tipping, or receiving tips. [more inside]
Please help me date and translate this lowball glass. I can't tell if the characters are from another language, or if they're symbols, or both. One looks like a music note, one is the Rx symbol, and others are familiar too, but I can't put my finger on them. What does it say? [more inside]
Does anyone have a recipe for making cream of coconut at home? Not coconut milk, not coconut cream, I'm talking about the syrupy sweet thick goopy stuff in the can that is used (as far as I know only) for making Pina Coladas. [more inside]
I'm a bartender in a major city, and after having lost a few pounds, the ladies won't leave me alone. How do I handle this? [more inside]
How do I become a better mixologist/cocktail guru? [more inside]
I've been asked to name my price to bartend at a private party this Saturday. What the the going rates? [more inside]
I got a job at a fancy-pants bar. Now I need fancy pants. [more inside]
I want to learn how to make truly excellent, craft-quality cocktails. What should I read? [more inside]
Advice for becoming a bartender as soon as I legally can. [more inside]
How to enjoy Hendricks Gin? [more inside]
I need links to interesting websites and enjoyable books about the history of and current practices of beer making and beer tasting. I start a new bartending job soon, and I may have scored it by pretending to know more than I really do about brew. [more inside]
I'm 37, Male, College Degree in Business, Married with two kids in New Jersey. Spent the last 15 years working in an shrinking industry. I have decided to go back to school during the day to earn a degree in a different field where job prospects over the next decade will be in a higher demand. Looking for ways to bring in some money right now....(more after the jump).. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good, downloadable, Bartenders/Mixed Drinks/Cocktail cheat sheet. Preferably free. [more inside]
I've landed a trial shift at a pretty busy bar this coming Saturday night. I'm pretty comfortable with most kinds of hospitality work, whether front of house or behind the scenes, but I've never done quite this sort of thing before. What should I know before I go in? How should I gird my loins?
What is the name of this bizarre alcoholic drink mixture? Also, can you think of any other really vile mixes? Description provided inside. [more inside]
I need advice on classy Irish drinks, hosting a whisky tasting and the proper way to make a Black & Tan without making a mess. [more inside]
The Naked Nymph is s'posed to be a cocktail. I went looking for the recipe, and couldn't find it. Anyone ever heard of/had a Naked Nymph? Know what's in it?
Craft bartenders say that big ice melts more slowly than small ice. How is this possible? Treating the cocktail as a closed system, if you include an equal mass of ice, and the starting and ending temperatures are the same, wouldn't the same amount of heat be transferred into the ice, resulting in an equal quantity of melt? [more inside]
I am self-employed and my work schedule has been erratic as of recently. I am looking to supplement my income, and I was thinking about bartending. Is this a viable option here in NYC for a guy who has to go to bartending school first? And furthermore, can anyone recommend a good bartending school in the area?
I am interested in doing some bartending this summer and fall. I worked in several restaurants before, but not as a bartender. What is it really like? [more inside]
How can I infuse bacon flavor into vodka? The product doesn't need to be vegan or kosher or anything special---just want to go into a kitchen and whip up some bacon-flavored vodka. [more inside]
Okay, but what do you do if you haven't reported any income at all? [more inside]
Getting a second job at a bar/restaurant in the Bay Area: which one? how to survive working two jobs?
I’m thinking of getting a second job at a bar or restaurant in the Bay Area, on top of a serious day job. Any tips on 1) places to apply and 2) how to survive working two jobs? [more inside]
What do I call this drink? I'm a pretty regular scotch and soda drinker, but was recently introduced to a new libation. My buddy ordered a scotch, ginger ale and bitters. It's good, but what is it called? [more inside]
Anyone who's ever worked in a bar... The science of pouring beer? How to master the "two-part pour"...without tipping the glass. [more inside]
Bartenders: What can I do to improve my pouring skills? [pour inside] [more inside]
I am hosting a literary drinking game party tomorrow night and I need author-themed drinks! Can you suggest some? [more inside]
Does anyone have a recipe for a Mango Vanilla Mojito? [more inside]
Anyone know how to mix a cocktail called an "angry martini"? I ran across the reference in a movie, googled it, found more references but no recipes, checked DrinkBoy and Webtender, no luck.
How do I get a bartender job? [more inside]
I live in California. If I have a wedding reception at a hotel or restaurant and serve alcohol using the facility's bartenders and servers, who is responsible/legally liable if one of my guests gets into an accident - me, as the host of the event, or the hotel/restaurant who provided the servers and bartenders?