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.
The face of tending bar is changing. Twenty or even 10 years ago, men and women got into bartending as a way to get somewhere else. It was a temporary job, ”until you get a ’real’ job or get through college,” says Kathy Sullivan, owner of Sidecar Bartending. But that seems to be changing. Today, more people […]
Hello, America! How’s tricks? Have you ever regretted something? Asked for a thing, gotten the thing, and then decided it was, in fact, the very worst thing in the world? Well too damn bad, friends! You’re stuck with it. Except when you’re not. Let’s talk about beer. Last weekend, Maine-based beer blogger Carla Jean Lauter […]
We’ve all been there. And if we’re being honest, we’ve all probably perpetrated it: the bad bar conversation. Maybe things got too political too fast; maybe you inadvertently began—or joined—a round of, “So what’s everyone’s job like these days?” However it happened, it’s clearly a bad conversation. And what’s more, since you’re having it in […]