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Mooguy



Joined: 19 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 9:45 pm
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I am 17. I became somewhat interested in extreme bartending at the age of 15. When I was 16, I got my first empty bottle. And now, for the past 6 months I've praticed each day for at least 30 minutes. I already have a few of the bartending videos from Extreme Bartending. I am hoping to be the best, although I have never made a drink before. I know more flair bar tricks than most people at the bars (at least the ones near me) (By my name you can guess I'm from wisconsin) I currently work at a bowling alley thats connected to a bar, so sometimes I clear off empty drinks and entertain the customers that way. What advice could anyone give of what to do so I can become the best bartender?
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Jessikate



Joined: 01 Dec 2003
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Location: Western Slope of Colorado

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:53 pm
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A truly great bartender has many more qualities than just being able to preform tricks. You must practice money handling skills, have a knowlege of liqours, what they taste like, how they are made, the most common way people ask for them prepared.

You MUST like people and be good with them. You must be able to handle large groups, without ignoring the individual. You must be consistant in everything you do.

Learning drink recipies and studing about diffrent liqours should be a high priority.

Since you are old enough to have a job, why not look for one in the resturaunt industry, bussing tables will most likely where you will have to start, or dishwashing. If you stick with it, you will be promoted to a Server and this is where you will learn to interact with people and learn about handling money. This is also where many, many, many bartenders started, so DON'T turn your nose up at having to wait tables. I waited tables for five years before I got behind a bar, now I manage two bars and bartend at another (yes I use flair, but I use many other skills as well.)

Keep at your flairing, but remember, if you can't make a decent drink and your coustomers don't like you, you are nothing but a monkey flipping bottles!

Good Luck!
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Mike M



Joined: 09 Jan 2004
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Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:56 pm
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Well put, I would have to agree 100%. It is often much more difficult to learn all aspects of bartending after concentrating on just one part of the job. Have fun and good luck!
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