What is Propolis and why should I care?

Propolis is made by bees and is used for your health and wellness. The stuff is great. You can buy it in a spray. Just aim it into the back of your throat and squirt. It helps boost your immune system. Every bartender is exposed to germs every shift. Using Propolis spray can help keep […]

Why Learning Other Jobs, Benefits You.

Learn the Business By Learning Other Jobs You can spend a lifetime learning the bar business, many have. The list of things that are done in a bar is huge. Mixology, management, inventory, it all matters and learning other jobs is important for your career. Something else is also important.  What are other people that […]

The Positive Relationship

How does a positive relationship help a bartender? Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with co-workers is an excellent way to improve business. A business that does well is a lot nicer work in, and you make more money. A bar that brings in good money usually creates a better working environment. People are happier […]

A Clean Bar Makes More Money

  Make More Money With A Clean Bar Keeping your bar clean is about more than doing side-work for the business. A clean bar has a psychological effect on you and your guests. A well organized, clean bar serves more drinks, faster than a bar where chaos is the rule. It is much easier to […]

The Personality of a Bartender Needs to be Amazing

A personality lesson A group of six people came into the bar. They were happy, laughing and ready to order some drinks. I sat and watched. The bartender looked up when they walked in, and he looked right back down to finish texting, reading the response, texting again before putting down his phone and approaching […]

How To Stock A Bar

Stocking a commercial bar and stocking a home bar are probably going to be two entirely different things unless you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars on your home bar. If you are, by all means, follow our list to the letter! The liquor store will love you! First, we’ll look at the typical commercial […]

How To Spot A Professional Bartender

A bartender is someone who serves beverages behind a licensed bar to paying customers. A bartender can also be called a barkeep or a barmaid. Bartenders are found in bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs and other such places. The bartender mixes and serves drinks, and the majority of drinks a bartender is making contain alcohol, such […]

5 Reasons Why People Tip and How To Use It

Knowing why people tip can be a powerful tool. Michael Lynn of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration wrote a paper called: “Service Gratuities and Tipping: A Motivational Framework.” This article dives into what makes people want to tip. As bartenders we can take a lot from this paper to better understand how and why our customers tip. Having this information […]

Hoftbrau Lawsuit

Owners of South Side’s Hofbrauhaus settle in girl’s death for $15.6 million May 7, 2013 2:45 PM By Paula Reed Ward Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a drunken driver in 2010 after he left the Hofbrauhaus restaurant on the South Side on Tuesday reached a $15.6 million settlement […]

Bartending License

There is no such thing as a “Bartending License”. In any state. Have you ever asked how to become a licensed bartender? Some people don’t realize that there is no bartending license. Becoming a bartender doesn’t require some sort of state or national standard. No standardized testing given by the Board of Education is given […]

The Most Important People In The Bar?

Who are the most important people in the bar? Usually when people are asked this question they give what they think is the right answer.  The Customer. WRONG. Now this doesn’t mean that the customer isn’t important. Without them you aren’t going to make money. Let me explain. Years ago I tended bar with a […]