Flair Bartenders are Losers

Ok, ok….before all you flair guys and gals have a nervous breakdown just hear me out.  Do I really think flair bartenders are losers?  No.  I have seen some of these guys in action live and on video and I have to admit…they are pretty impressive.  The things that they do require an extensive amount of practice and dedication.  I still remember pulling up to the beach with my son and seeing a group of people flipping bottles and tins over the sand.  I soon realized that they were practicing all their “flair” tricks on the beach so they could drop the bottles and not have to worry about excessive noise or breakage.  Now I don’t know about you but if I’m going to the beach, I’m going to sit my ass down, and drink a cold one (and of course watch my kids!! ).  This is why I have a problem with flair bartenders.  Now, my problem is not that they practice on the beach (alright maybe I do have a slight problem with this).  My biggest problem with flair is that it scares away the newbie bartender trying to get his start in the business.

If you type in bartender on youtube or google, I guarantee you will come upon a video of some guy doing some crazy tricks with bottles and bartending tins.  You see this and say…. “oh shit….I’m never going to be able to learn that”.  You close your web browser and before you know your dream of becoming a bartender is dead.  You go to bed and wake up  either still unemployed or working that boring job you can’t stand.   I’m here to tell you…..DON’T GIVE UP!!!!

The truth about flair is that is used in a VERY, VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF BARS!!  If you live in Vegas you might see it a lot.  I have been a bartender in the NYC area for a very long time.  I have never worked in a flair bar or been to one.  Yeah, I might have a buddy who flips a bottle here and there to try and impress a chick and get a piece of ass.  But that’s not flair.  True flair bartending is a show.  It’s an impressive show, but most of us will never work in a flair bar.  In fact, most bars will get real pissed of at you if you try fancy flair moves at a non flair bar.  Flipping bottles, spilling liquor, and making people wait for drinks doesn’t sit well with co-workers or owners.  Most of you on this website are like me.  You want to become a bartender because it looks like a lot of fun and you can make some great cash along the way.

My advice is simple.  Ignore flair.  It represents a tiny percentage of bartending jobs. You do not need to learn any flair tricks to get a job as a bartender.  I still believe, if you’re a good bartender, you don’t need to do any tricks for people to love you behind the bar.  If it’s something you pick up later on, good for you.  I don’t know about you, but I rather be drinking than sitting by myself flipping a bottle in my backyard.

Cheers,
Pete

  • "Pete, My advice to you & everyone else looking to hold a career in tending bar, is be inspired not intimidated. Remember bartending above all else is personality, you have to a go getter not a hater ;)"
    2011-10-01 22:58:06 | loujax
  • "Couldn't agree with you more. I actually have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for flair bartenders. The only problem I have with flair is that it scares away a lot of people looking to break into the bar business. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew, you don't need to learn flair to become a bartender. Thanks for the comments!"
    2011-10-24 17:11:24 | Pete
  • "Pete, I think, when you are in the night and you make some cocktails or longdrinks, you're watched by hot chicks, some beautyfull ladies and sometimes you are watched by a rich gentleman who just waiting for his drink and enjoy your show. If you are a bartender, who do some great tricks, that people are enjoy that and they' re give you more tips for example. The luckier bartenders are get more than better tips maybe. THE REAL TRUTH (for my side): I suggest that we should learn some fantastic tricks. Just practice, practice and practice. Becouse the life is not easy and bartender is not an easy job. And it's not a simple job. Bartending is a lifestyle, so we should work to be better than now."
    2012-07-03 15:28:39 | konyas

2 Responses to Flair Bartenders are Losers

  1. loujax says:

    Pete,
    My advice to you & everyone else looking to hold a career in tending bar, is be inspired not intimidated. Remember bartending above all else is personality, you have to a go getter not a hater ;)

    • Pete says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more. I actually have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for flair bartenders. The only problem I have with flair is that it scares away a lot of people looking to break into the bar business. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew, you don’t need to learn flair to become a bartender. Thanks for the comments!

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