Step away from the bar
Author: Caillin Katnich
Source: The Peace Arch News
If you ever stood at the bar and watched in awe as the barkeep juggled glasses and twirled bottles through the air, you’re familiar with the art of flair bartending.
The craft is as popular as ever, and local talent is adding to the impressive displays of skill and technique.
Grant Riel, a White Rock resident and bartender at Ocean Beach Hotel, recently competed in a
Riel, with fellow White Rock resident Marc Mital, finished second in a doubles competition held in an 8,000 seat venue at the Aladdin Hotel, winning a cash prize for their effort.
Riel and Mital have been flair bartending for years, even producing instructional videos – Extreme Bartending – for those interested in honing their skills.
The sport took off in the 1980s – thanks to the Tom Cruise film Cocktail.
“A lot of bars now are looking for flair bartenders because it adds to the experience. It’s entertaining,” Riel said.
“We’re hoping we can keep the pattern going,” he said.
Riel doesn’t have any special moves for competition, but said all successful flair bartenders have one thing in common.
“You learn a lot from watching others’ moves,” he said.
“You have to keep your eyes open to come up with new things.”
At top, flair bartenders Grant Riel of the Ocean Beach Hotel and Marc Mital of The Roxy Night Club showed off their juggling skills with a little demonstration this week after returning home from
Date: April 8th, 2005