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The Header6 THINGS YOU NEED FOR EVERY SHIFT
  So your about to head off to work and you want to be prepared way beyond believe well BartenderOne and CSB got you covered. Here are the 6 things you need to bring to every shift for smooth sailing and of course amazing tips. 

Cocktail Shaker/Tin 
  Now we have all watched James Bond that’s for sure. And if not there’s your bartending homework right there. The infamous Shaken not stirred can only be done with one object and that’s the cocktail shaker or tin as most people refer to it as. This usually 28oz cocktail shaker is a bartenders best friend it allows you to smash, shake and mix any drink known to man. Its also is an essential tool in flair for nesting which is when you catch the bottle in the tin. Now you might think how could this one tin do so much well then I would reply with why you thinking so much about a tin and just bring it to the bar. Trust me you need it.

Bar Spoon
  Now, what happens when James Bond doesn’t come by the bar and we need to actually stir a cocktail well you sure as hell aren’t putting your finger in there and going to town. There’s a lovely tool called the bar spoon which allows you to do said task. This allows for the fanatic martini expert to be pleased with your stirring skills, as well this amazing tool works great for layering shots and drinks allowing for a whole new level of engagement for the guest. So don’t forget and grab that spoon next time before you go to the bar. 

Jigger
  So you go to your brand new bar and your so excited because you know how to free pour and you’re ready to go but your bar manager just randomly decided that oh we need to clean the spouts and takes them all. Now what do you do free pour without spouts, no silly grab that jigger and get jigging. Jiggers are an amazing tool for measurement and allow for you to be accurate every single time but more importantly they allow you to be ready to bartend even if there are no spouts. And lets be honest what’s not more classy then a bartender and there jigger.

Hawthorne Strainer 
  Now I don’t know about you but not everyone likes getting huge chunks of ice and food tossed in there face when drinking there cocktail, if you do good on you. But for the most of the world, we need to strain that shizzle. And how do we do that well with our Hawthorne Strainer of course! Hawthorne strainers are perfect for a tough bar night because they just make your job that much easier and when you have your own you don’t have to worry about where its been or if its clean so why not just grab yours and go.

Speed blade
  Now the bars packed you have over 100 people ready for drinks and one beautiful lady comes by and asks for 20 beers for table 7 and you think to your self thank god. You go to the beer and realize you don’t have a speed blade. What you gonna do pop all those bottle tops off with your tin now that’s going to take along time, isn’t it. Wish you had a speed blade bottle opener well next time make sure to bring one with you so that 20 beers becomes a 20-second affair instead of an hour. As well come on its called a speed blade how much cooler can you get.

Corkscrew
  Now I don’t know about you but I like tips, they make me money and they make me happy. You wanna know what has a great tip to drink ratio that’s wine. But if your the dummy that forgets to bring there corkscrew to work you won’t be the one getting those tips that’s for sure. Corkscrews allow you to do two things deal with wine efficiently and effectively. Plus you can rack those wine tips up fast.

Now if you don’t have these tools don’t sweat it BartenderOne has got you set all you got to do is call us and come pick your stuff up as simple as that. 
(416) 461-4441 
Or come walk on in at 95 King Street East, Toronto Ontario
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The Allure of The Classic Cocktail

If your drink isn't up to your standards, send it back!

 

When I first started working in a bar, my first job was in a place that had a Speakeasy theme (back in the late 80s.)  I was in my late teens and it seemed very new and exciting and glamorous to be surrounded by all these fancy cocktails with names like: “Golden Cadillac,” “Iron Butterfly” and  “Mexican Ferrari.”  Thankfully you never really hear about those cocktails anymore. There were, however, certain drinks that seemed to have an almost hallowed status: the Rusty Nail, Manhattan or Old Fashioned.  Almost thirty years on,  just like the thirty years before, these cocktails still hold their place on cocktail menus around the globe.  Honestly, I think it was being exposed to this world of “fine drinking” that gave me the hospitality bug; the handsome Bartenders loved making these drinks because they appreciated the opportunity to employ their skill at making a perfect cocktail. 

With the reemergence of  Cocktail Culture, there are still lots of people who look down on “mixology”.  However, when you have worked alongside bartenders who can barely open a bottle of beer as I have, you really grow to appreciate the bartender who has an informed repertoire, who can modify an ingredient, or ingredients , ultimately creating something  special and memorable .

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/05/25-essential-cocktails-everyone-should-know-cocktail-101-easy-mixed-drink-recipes-classic-cocktail-guide.html

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This is what happens when you mess with the wrong bartender…

In one of those headlines that you only find in Texas, a bartender in San Antonio dealt with a rowdy patron in his bar in a gun to gun challenge that ended up with tragic consequences.

The incident which took place the morning after Christmas and involved a heavily intoxicated patron which reacted violently when the bartender decided to take away his car keys which made him become aggressive and started arguing with the bartender. During the verbal exchange, the client pulled a .45-caliber Glock and pointed it at the bar employee.

The bartender  -in a perfect Texans style-  ready with his firearm, pulled out a 9 mm gun and demanded the violent patron to place his weapon on the ground. When the suspect refused, the bartender fired — what he has declared — three shots at the man at point blank range. Then he proceeded to place both guns on the bar counter and call the police.

The emergency services tried to save the wounded man’s live but it was too late. Police are still investigating the incident.

What is your opinion on the subject on dealing with aggressive patrons? Is it legitimate for a bartender to use force to repel an aggression? Is the bartender to blame for this patron’s dead?

Let us know your opinion!

ORIGINAL SOURCE:

S.A bartender shoots, kills “very intoxicated” patron during argument SAPD says.

http://www.kens5.com/news/San-Antonio-bartender-shoots-kills-very-intoxicated-patron-during-arguement-SAPD-says-237351091.html

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Meet the Winners of the Blazers Challenge 2.5

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Shanele, Monique, Lyndsey and Kassandra: You better remember their names because these ladies will be rocking the Torontonian bartending scene in a few months. These four girls were a real headache for the judges of the BartenderOne Blazers Challenge 2.5, their respective scores made it quite difficult to pick the two winners, so in order to be fair opted for selecting three winners and a runner-up.

Now, they will not only get an apprenticeship at College Street Bar to hone their skills learning from some of the best bartenders in Toronto but they will also receive a VIP invitation to take part in the Blazers Challenge Winter Finals in January

As you can see from this chart, many elements were taken into account: from pour accuracy to attitude with guests to cleanliness and awareness. Their efforts to promote their participation were crucial in selecting the finalists. Nowadays, with thousands of venues competing for clients, bartenders have to develop their best marketing and promotional skills to build up a loyal and reliable clientele. This makes the difference for a bartender in keeping his super-star status at the bar or start looking for a new job every couple months and these ladies are the living proof.

It is a trend now that women usually rank first in the Blazers Challenge and we are very happy about this. Don’t get us wrong. BartenderOne is all about gender equality when it comes to training bartenders but while it is true that women have a significantly bigger presence in the bartending industry it is also true that the higher the level of the competition the lower is the number of female bartenders participating. Toronto, Canada and the World need more female mixologists, female flair bartenders and even more female bar owners, and we are very proud we are contributing to this change.

Remember to show up at College Street Bar and try one of the delicious cocktails Lyndsey, Shanelle , Monique & Kassandra will be preparing in the following weeks, it’s an opportunity to taste a unique creation while supporting female bartending in Toronto.

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Fastest Bartender in the World… how many drinks can he make?

One of the first lessons aspiring bartenders learn at BartenderOne  is that speed is a crucial skill to succeed in this profession, having a long line of thirsty and annoyed clients at your well is one of the fastest ways to find yourself looking for another job.

Now, if you wanna see a REALLY fast bartender you might  consider swinging by Spearmint Rhino, in Las Vegas on your next night out.

The reason? Erik Mora, a bartender at this gentlemen’s club, claimed the title of the world’s fastest bartender last week after setting a new Guinness World Record for the most cocktails prepared in one hour.

Mora poured the astounding among of 1,559 drinks in 60 minutes, shattering the previous record of 1,003 cocktails set by a New York bartender in 2011.

As if breaking the previous record was no challenge enough, the competition demanded more mixological skill than whipping up a big batch of scotch and sodas. To qualify for the record, Mora had to pour drinks with no fewer than three ingredients and at least one alcohol — and no cocktail could be repeated.

Guinness adjudicator Philip Robertson deemed Mora’s attempt worthy, announcing the final tally of 1,559 at the end of the tense hour and awarding the bartender with an official title and a certificate.

The 31-year-old Mora, who has worked as a bartender at Spearmint Rhino for the past decade, says his feat has been several years — and thousands of drinks — in the making.

“I thought about breaking it two years ago and then applied this past January for the Guinness World Record, and now all my hard work has paid off,” he said. “I feel like I am the world’s fastest bartender.”

Now you know it, speed makes the bartender…. will the next Guinness World Record come from BartenderOne? We are sure that will happen!

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Toronto VS Montreal… The Challenge is ON

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Toronto and Montreal have a historic tivalry… from Politics to Hockey the two largest cities in Canada are sworn adversaries, Toronto considers itself the Canadian New York while Montreal proudly boasts as the most european city in North America. Now, a new chapter for this rivalry has started. Welcome to the B1 Beat The Move Challenge the quest to find the best flair bartenders in Canada.

BartenderOne Toronto Flair Gurus, which are in good part responsible for the growing awareness about flair bartender in this Country want to push flair culture further. Every two weeks a new B1 Flair instructor will be posting a new Flair Move, flair bartenders – like our friends as our friends at BartenderOne Montreal-  have those two weeks to come up with a reply, the challenge: replying with an even better move. When one of the sides can’t come up with a decent reply and increase the difficulty it will automatically lose and the other side will get the glory of being crowned as B1BeatTheMove Champion

This Challenge is open to any Flair Bartender in the World willing to demonstrate that they can beat our Flair Instructors. It’s time for the world to know that flair bartending is back and that the best flair bartenders this planet has seen come from Canada.  Follow our Instagram account @BARTENDERONETO and get into the challenge using the hashtag #B1BeatTheMove

Now you know it, grab those bottles and tins and start flipping

… the glory belongs to those who grab life by the horns and a bottle by the neck.

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Bartender Christmas: Generous mysterious man wanders around leaving massive tips

It seems Christmas came early for a number of fortunate bartenders who have received the visit of a mysterious patron leaving generous gratuities across the United States signing each receipt with the cryptic Instagram account name @TipsForJesus.

A bartender in Phoenix, Micah Olson found out about this mysterious man when after serving a couple rounds of drinks he discovered they had left a $2,500 tip on his $530 bill.

The mysterious man’s Instagram account doesn’t reveal too much either, with one lone message “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip a time”  it’s hard to know what are the intentions behind this modern Samaritan.

Reports indicate he has been spotted in bars and restaurants along the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and several MidwesternStates leaving tips that range from $500 to $10,000

Another lucky bartender who got a $3,000 on a $87 bill declares that when he asked the mysterious patron why he was doing this he simply said it was a way to say thank you for the good beer recommendations.

Aside from the fact that all bills are paid with the famous Black Card from American Express, reserved for its elite customers and that he is polite and well mannered few other clues appear that can indicate who this generous gentleman is. But we are sure of one thing, we hope this guy decides to cross the border and spread his generosity in the maple leaf land.

Original Source:

TODAY News Online “Tips for Jesus” spreads the wealth in massive restaurant tips.

http://www.today.com/news/tips-jesus-spreads-wealth-massive-restaurant-tips-2D11692145

 

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The new bartender’s best friend? An app to catch fake ID’s

Fake ID’s are a precious investment for many youngsters desperate to get their hands on a cold pint of beer and a big headache for the industry. Bar owners, bartenders and security team learn that failing to identify a fake ID may result in severe penalizations, fines and the potential loss of their license

This makes the constant challenge between bar staff and clients something close to a delicious game of chess where each opponent tries different moves to outsmart the other: every day, enthusiast college students show up at the bar flashing their newest $150 fake ID to permanently skeptical bartenders.

Well… bad news smart kids. A new jewel is here to help catch every underage drinker wannabe and send them back home until they are old enough to deserve that pint.

An American Company, Intellicheck Mobilisa created an app, BarZapp which scans a driver’s license’s barcode and verifies encoded information displaying the card owner’s name, date of birth, ID expiration and ID number.  Identities are confirmed—or not, in the case of a fake ID. Photos of sample IDs from the appropriate state are able to be shown to aid further visual inspection, which is far quicker than reviewing a book of sample ID’s -

The best part? It costs only $1.99 on iTunes. Although the company announced that bar and restaurant owners will need to purchase annual or monthly licenses, this is still a pretty good deal for bartenders to cover their butts.

Not only this but the BarZapp keeps track of bargoers, so it can identify who has been given the lifetime boot from a particular establishment. Could you ask more?

Evidently, this app will trigger a response from the vast industry of falsification which surely will come with a way around BarZapp, but in this moment we can say… sorry kids, probably next year.

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A very unique dress code: Bartender threatens to cut off guest’s necktie

Dress codes are one of the most controversial subjects in the nightlife world. While for bar management, staff and security are a useful tool to keep a certain standard to their venue and prevent potential trouble – makers to get inside for many people is just another way that bars and clubs actively discriminate against their clientele.

This being said, it comes as a big surprise hat one Houston bar has what is apparently a reverse-dress code as this unsuspecting client found out when he was kicked out of the Valhalla bar for wearing a necktie

This  poor guy “Irving” declared he liked  to wear ties to work now, because men get only so many socially acceptable fashion accessories  But apparently Valhalla, has a long-standing “tradition” against ties, so Irving was kicked out. Not just kicked out. Banned.

After getting this third beer, a bartender told him she wouldn’t serve him until he took off his tie. Irving thought that was stupid, so he refused to remove it. According to Irving, the first bartender called another bartender over to discuss. Irving’s friend tried to buy him a beer instead in an attempt to calm the situation. Then a third bartender joined the fray, armed with a pair of scissors, and threatened to cut Irving’s tie right off of his neck.

The craziest part of this story is that Irving is still keen on coming back to the Valhalla  ”I know this comes nowhere near the sort of racially-based dress code discrimination that happens at other Houston bars,” he said. “This was just bad hospitality.”

What’s your opinion about this? Is this kind of behavior towards clients justified as part of tradition?

 

Original Source:

Houston Press Blogs

“Bartender at Rice Institution Valhalla Threatens to Cut Off Alumnus’ Necktie

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2013/11/valhalla_necktie.php

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