Thanksgiving Eve

Nationally, Thanksgiving Eve is always the most anticipated night of the year to go out. For many bartenders, the night is known as ‘Black Wednesday” because of the known craziness of the night.

Black Wednesday is the unofficial high school reunion night across the country! There are 5 main reasons why everybody should go out on Thanksgiving Eve. They are:

5. Everybody is back in town for the holiday.

4. Many venues hold a Thanksgiving Eve/Black Wednesday Party

3. Nobody has work the next day.

2. All you have to do the next day is be lazy and eat.

1. No matter what happens, everybody is leaving town in 2 days!

Remember to stay thankful for great times with friends and of course, alcohol! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Leaning Tower of Miller

This past weekend while I was at work, a bar patron and I succeeded in building the Leaning Tower of Miller.

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It began when my friend Eric flipped his bottle over on the bar and waited to see how long I would notice it. Once I did notice, he continued to flip his beer bottles over when he was ready for a beer. After 3 bottles, however, the creation of the Leaning Tower of Miller began.

Later on this week I found the picture of our tower and it made me want to google beer bottle art. It turns out that there is a world record for tallest beer bottle tower.The record was won in East Flanders on April 3, 2013 by a guy who stacked 6 beer bottles on top of each other. The tower had to stand for at least 5 seconds in order to qualify for the competition. After building my own tower of bottles, I think those bottles in East Flanders must be easier to stack than our bottles in America!

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More information of the competition can be found at http://www.recordsetter.com

How to Make a French 75

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Ingredients:

2 oz. dry gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
5 oz. brut champagne

You will also need:

bar shaker
champagne glass
ice

Procedure:

Add gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and ice into the bar shaker. Shake until the ingredients are chilled.
Strain the ingredients into the champagne glass. Top the cocktail off with champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist  and serve!

*A French 75 can also be served as a martini. In this case, strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass rather than a collins glass. Then top the martini off with champagne.

Football in the Bar

footballFootball fans in the bar are always the best people to watch. Crazy personalities unfold, and it is always interesting to hear how far some people will go to defend their team. One thing I have noticed, is although there are always different people in the bars watching the games, there are a specific list of stereotypical fans that like to include themselves in the festivities. They are:

THE GUY WHO HATES THE REF: This is the guy who no matter how fair a play is called, the ref hates his team. He will yell loudly and usually use profanity in his attempt to show the referee his anger through the TV screen. Nothing ever goes his way. Ever.

THE GUY WHO THINKS HE IS FUNNY: This guy says jokes out loud that he thinks are funny. When nobody laughs, he assumes nobody has heard hi. He then proceeds to say the joke, pun, or whatever he thinks it is, out loud again. He will continue this process until the people around him fake a laugh to get him to stop talking.

THE GIRL WHO LOVES FOOTBALL: She is usually the loudest person in the bar. She will cheer every single time the ball moves, yet she doesn’t know anything about football. She will continue to say the quarterbacks name and may enjoy looking at #20’s tattoo. She may know the difference between a field goal and a touchdown, but she has never heard of a two-point conversion. Like, go team!

THE GUY WHO YELLS AT THE TV: You’re doomed if you sit next to him. You may as well call the ear doctor now. He played football in high school and knows every rule and every play. By the end of the game, you will know them too unfortunately.

Get a Real Job!

A common question that I get as a bartender is, “So when are you going to get a real job?” Here is my answer to all of you:

I work up to 30 hours a week, and do not have to work more than 3 days a week. Yes, I get to have fun at work; however, it is not a constant party!

barHere’s a little inside scoop on why your bartender takes a couple minutes to assist your every need:

MENTAL

While working I must listen to several drinks being ordered at a time, remember what goes in the drinks, count the shots as I pour, add the prices in my head, and count the change once I make a transaction. Odds are, 6 other people are calling my name, I have 3 other orders to remember that I’ve already taken, and the music is blaring louder than my thoughts. I also have the one creepy guy who wants to talk to me for an hour about his five children, ex-wife, and dog that urinates in his bedroom, whom I have to continuously smile at and nod my head in acknowledgment that I am half-way listening.

PHYSICAL

Bartenders usually work in tight space. On slower nights, a bartender may work the whole bar or one side of it, but on a busy night, he or she is generally confined to working in one well space. At most, this may be 4 feet long.

wellThe bartender is constantly grabbing bottles and putting them down. This works the arms! He or she is also constantly walking around in a circle to grab, pour from, and put down the bottles on the back shelf. The beer is generally in a cooler, which is down low. This requires repetitive bending of the knees. This is the reason I will need a knee replacement before I’m 40!

HOURS

Though it is nice to think that a bartender gets to sleep in all week, that is not the case in most situations. Most other businesses are not open at night, so your bartender still has to wake up at the crack of dawn (1 PM) on Monday morning to go deposit all those ones and quarters you paid him or her last night. I promise you, every girl bartender has told her banker at least five times, “I swear I am not a stripper.”

Also, many bartenders have day jobs or go to school. Even though they may have worked until 4 in the morning, they are up by 7 to prepare themselves for that REAL JOB everybody is talking about.

MONEY

The most important part, obviously. It’s why we all do it. The money is not consistent; this is true. It is, however, cash money and enough to pay the bills. The money bartenders make is different in every bar, in every city, of every state. I cannot speak for anybody but myself when it comes to this aspect of the job. I can say this though: If the money was not worth it, I promise you, your bartender would not be dealing with your drunk ass!drunk-main

Hey Baby Doll

Last night while managing, I was sitting at the bar just watching the bartenders serve the patrons. This guy walks up to the bar next to me (he, of course, has no idea that I work there) and tries to get the female bartender’s attention. He kept sticking his hand out for one second and saying “Hey baby doll!”

WHAT? Baby doll? What a creepy thing to say! Unless this was an old man talking to his granddaughter who he gave the nickname baby doll too, this is not acceptable. babydoll

I am sure he thought this sounded sweet and enticing, but I am here to tell everybody that IT ABSOLUTELY IS NOT. I kind of chuckled as I watched his failed attempt at getting the female bartender’s attention. Being called baby doll scared her away more than it drew her in, I’m sure.

Babydoll, sugarplum, pumpkin, or any other pet name you give your girlfriend is NOT okay to use to get a beer. It is almost taken as a derogatory term. Your bartender is not aspiring to be your next girlfriend; just call her “hey” like everybody else. MAYBE, just maybe, you could even ask her name!

Just stick your card or money out there or just maybe hold your hand out a little bit. Your bartender will make his or her way to you as soon as the he or she gets a chance.

Please, for the love of all vodka, do not think that your bartender thinks you are sweet because you call her baby doll. She is more likely to think you are a child molester with a creepy mustache. Gross.

Rippers and Dog Bones

A few weeks ago, one of my regulars noticed that my bottle opener was looking awfully used and abused. I had been using a bottle opener called a “dog bone.” He was making fun of me because the paint was chipping off and I still could not let it go to buy a new one. I have had so many great nights working with that thing!1Later in the conversation, I told him that I had been looking into buying a new bottle opener called a “Ripper.” This guy is such an awesome person, he showed up at the bar last night with 6 brand new Rippers for me! Not only is he awesome, but so are my new bottle openers!

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There are so many variations of bottle openers and sometimes it can be difficult to decide which one is going to work best before actually using it. Some bartenders like to bend the opener part of a bottle opener because it allows for faster speed when opening a bottle.

I am here to tell you that when shopping for bottle openers, you should keep the dog bone and the ripper in mind. They both work extremely well and you won’t have to bend the opener for speed.

They can both be found at http://www.barproducts.com