Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

In the words of Queen Victoria herself; “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” Victoria is the first of many journeys as a traveling bartender in 2017′. Giving you an insider look at the “industry” while spending a night on the town.   To start, when you head to any city on a drinking pilgrimage it is especially relevant to do a little research on your hotel….

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Bartender Pilgrimage, 24 hrs in {insert city name here}

Bartender Pilgrimage, 24 hrs in {insert city name here}

The job of a bartender can be arduous and can take the life from you. It’s easy to search out articles covering addiction in the hospitality industry. Depression in the industry. Sexual harassment. Bartenders have a front row seat to the best and worst in people. The life of a Bartender is not the life for everyone.   Yet, out of the pain and challenges, comes one of the most fascinating and rewarding careers. We love it. Most…

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Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Richard Godwin is a journalist for the London Evening Standard, a home bartender and the author of The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, a cocktail book for making proper cocktailians out of anyone. At least anyone who can legally drink (we hear a cocktail book for children is in the works). He kindly took the time to answer a few of our questions: You’ve written about a great many topics for the Evening Standard,…

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Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

For the North American Bartender, heading to Europe is an eye-opening experience. A few Travel Hacks when heading to EU can be essential to a good experience. Being resourceful conversationalist, bartenders are personable and some of the best travel companions. So, after crossing the pond for more than one bartender pilgrimage, we have found some “travel hacks” that will improve how your time’s spent. We won’t be telling you where to go or who to see,…

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Bar Book – Jeffrey Morganthaler

Bar Book – Jeffrey Morganthaler

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is a Portland icon, on par with Mount Hood, the White Stag neon sign or Powell Books.  Bartender for 18 years and blogger for almost as long, he fills his Playboy columns and Small Screen Network videos with hilarious anecdotes, punctuated with sound advice on how to turn a good drink into an awesome one, that is, when he’s not busy working behind the wood at Clyde Common or at Pepe Le Moko….

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10 Profound Observations About Life, From Bartenders

10 Profound Observations About Life, From Bartenders

What’s the most profound thing you’ve learned about yourself, or others, as a bartender? We started thinking about this question more recently. We as bartenders constantly strive to give perfect cocktails in stylish spaces with thoughtful lighting and music. We aim to create a welcoming vibe and deliver good consistent value for your hard-earned money and free time. Amongst ourselves we nerd out over massive backbars stocked with the most complete ranges of sometimes obscure…

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15 signs that Bartending is more than your J-O-B

15 signs that Bartending is more than your J-O-B

 Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius  Bartending is one of the oldest crafts in North America. I will save the full historical tale for another day, but rest assured that the craft of bartending and the skills involved came over the Atlantic Ocean with settlers of the 15th & 16th century. With such a storied history and a growing list of characters, legends,…

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After Work Cocktail #2, a bartender’s dream

After Work Cocktail #2, a bartender’s dream

2 Parts Maker’s Mark 1 Part Lillet Rose 1/2 Part Antica Formula Vermouth Fresh apricots 1/4 Part honey syrup 1/4 Part lemon juice Dash Angostura Bitters  Muddle apricots with honey. Add lemon juice, bourbon, lillet and bitters. Shake and single strain over crushed ice. Float Vermouth on top of cocktail.

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