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Ask a Bartender: How Do You Deal With Difficult Customers?

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Customers who want "a gin drink... No, maybe whiskey... No, you decide." The drinker who won't leave his neighbor alone. The drinker who's just had one (or five) too many. More

Ask a Bartender: What's the Best Kind of Night at Your Bar?

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A busy Saturday night at your favorite bar might have a great energy, and for the bartender, lots of tips—but on Tuesday, you get to relax a bit more, have conversations, try drinks you haven't before. We asked bartenders across the country: What are your favorite nights at the bar where you work? More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Friday Night Playlist?

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Music is key to any great bar experience—and the soundtrack is one of the most important decisions a bar operator can make. We asked a few our favorite bartenders around the country: What's on your Friday night playlist? More

Ask a Bartender: Molecular Mixology, Yay or Nay?

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These days, more and more mixologists are bringing the techniques of molecular gastronomy behind the bar, using high-tech methods to refine their drinks. But other bartenders are all about the classics. We asked bartenders across the country: Molecular mixology, yay or nay? More

Ask A Bartender: What's the Strangest Drink You've Ever Encountered?

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Modern mixology spans all kinds of cocktails, from the most classic to the most avant-garde. But some drinks push past "interesting" and go straight to "bizarre." More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Whiskey?

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Perhaps the best thing about whisk(e)y is its diversity; between ryes and bourbons, Scotches and more, there's an enormous range of the brown spirits. We asked bartenders from around the country: What's your favorite whiskey, and how do you drink it? Here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: Which Cocktails are Worth Barrel-Aging?

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Barrel-aged cocktails have been popping up at high-end bars for quite some time, but no two barrel-aged cocktails are the same. We've seen plenty of Negronis and Old Fashioneds, but some bartenders have been getting a lot more creative. We asked some of our favorite bartenders: What's the best barrel-aged cocktail you've made? More

Ask a Bartender: Your Worst Injuries Behind the Bar

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High-speed shaking; glass flying; mallets, ice, and knives—it's no wonder injuries happen behind the bar. More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Small-Batch Spirit?

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With more and more small-batch spirits on the market these days, it can be hard to keep up. What are the real standouts? We asked 14 bartenders about their favorite small-batch spirits. Here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Go-To Drink?

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Even if you love trying new cocktails or exploring beer lists, odds are you have a go-to drink—something you keep stocked at your house so it's always around. We asked 18 bartenders: What's your go-to? Here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: What Bartender Behavior Drives You Crazy?

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If you spend any time at all in bars, you've had an encounter with a bartender who drives you nuts. Maybe they're ignoring all their customers except those two cute girls in cocktail dresses; maybe they raise an eyebrow when you mispronounce a liquor name—maybe it's just their attitude. We asked 18 bartenders what behavior drives them nuts. More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Memory from Tales of the Cocktail?

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With hundreds of events every year, this annual cocktail extravaganza has a lot of highlights. We asked 8 bartenders about their favorite memories from Tales of the Cocktail. More

Ask a Bartender: What Drink Would You Bring Back?

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Sure, Old Fashioneds and Corpse Revivers might be back in fashion these days, but not every once-overlooked drink has made a comeback. More

Ask a Bartender: What Are Your Favorite Tequilas?

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Tequila is a tremendously versatile spirit, some suited to sipping, some great for cocktails—even if most drinkers have to get past hazy college memories to appreciate it. We asked 18 bartenders about their favorite tequilas, whether high-end or low, for mixing or to drink straight. Here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite After-Work Bar?

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When the customers empty out and the long shift finally ends, you know what your bartender probably wants? A drink. We asked 26 bartenders about their favorite after-work bar. More

Ask a Bartender: What Would Your Last Drink On Earth Be?

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So many drinks, so little time. But what if your time were up? What would your last drink on Earth be? We asked 19 bartenders; here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: What Liquor Would You Like to Learn More About?

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Working behind the bar, you learn quite a bit about various spirits, depending on what sort of establishment you work at and what sort of drinks you're making. But there's always more to find out. More

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Cut Someone Off?

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At any bar, it's inevitable: some patrons will over-drink. And some will really over-drink. Cutting someone off is a difficult situation—what's the best way to handle it? We asked 25 bartenders; here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: When Did You Know You Wanted to Be A Bartender?

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Some jumped over from the kitchen; some quit unfulfilling jobs to get behind the bar; some always knew they'd want to bartend. We asked 16 bartenders when they realized they wanted this career for themselves. Here's what they had to say. More

Ask a Bartender: What's the First Bar You Ever Loved?

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We've all got memories of a favorite bar from long ago. Maybe there was a legendary karaoke night, or a great burger to soak up the $2 drafts, or quirky regulars. We asked 26 bartenders about the first bar they ever loved. Here are their answers—from Miami to Missolua, Seattle to South Carolina. What's the first bar you ever loved? More

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