In this strange new time in United States history, I’ve noticed something very exciting happening: Bars are once again returning to the hubs and centers of culture they once were. As a bartender, I have been noticing that people are having more fascinating conversations on society, humanity, and culture than I have witnessed from behind […]
Walk into most bars in any city in America and you’re likely to see a few staple items; beer taps, bar stools, various tables, and, of course, at least one television. All seem entirely appropriate for the atmosphere — except for the last one. What’s the deal with the plethora of televisions flooding our bars?
Bartending: It’s good money, if you’re good; extremely flexible, if you’re an artist; and fun, if you are fascinated by humanity and culture. In particular, as a female bartender, you come to know a certain section of the population commonly referred to as ”men.” And you come to know them when they are, shall we say, […]
There’s one thing that a savvy man or woman should never do, and that’s piss off his or her bartender. After all, a bartender is not just a drink slinger. He or she can be much, much more. A bartender can offer counseling. A bartender listens, soothes, mediates, breaks up fights, and even pairs up two new […]
Send all queries to: email@example.com If a bartender gives you a free drink, do you still have to tip him or her? One generally receives a free drink from the bartender either during happy hour, or when the establishment deems you’ve been a good enough customer to earn a buy back. The buy back usually […]
There are two simple words in the English language that, when put together, create a musical ringing in our ears and make our hearts leap with joy: open bar. But it’s not all fun and games. As we all know, with the great power of the open bar comes great responsibility.
On a recent chilly evening, Ron Boudreau stood behind the bar at the Jasper Murdoch Ale House at the Norwich Inn and surveyed his patrons. Locals and tourists filled the six stools and eight small tables in the cozy room at the historic Vermont establishment, and nearly all of them had a phone within hand’s […]
President-elect Donald Trump caused quite the brouhaha when he suggested in a town hall that women seeking abortions should face ”some kind of punishment.” Trump quickly walked back the comments, but he is not the first to suggest that women’s reproductive choices come with high legal ramifications. The drinking habits of pregnant women have for decades been seen […]
Pay gap. Glass ceiling. Boys’ club. We hear these terms about many industries, and bartending isn’t exempt. But the similarities don’t end there. Just as in other industries, the ranks of bartenders were emptied out during the two world wars with the men off fighting, and just as in other industries, women stepped in to take their place.