The ideal bartender is an impartial host who gives his guests the gift of unforgettable impressions, without pursuing materialistic interests. On the other hand, money is a part of our industry today.
During interviews, I always ask employees to tell me a story. I listen to how candidates tell it, study their body language, and make a conclusion as to how passionately involved they will be in their work.
Working at a bar is like a show that goes on every night. You dress up, get your stage and props ready, and come alive inside your role.
Ego is the dark side of mixology.
As a bar owner, I enjoy drinking with my guests sometimes.
There should be no more than 20 cocktails on your bar menu. Try to keep the list focused, and change it at least once a season. That's exactly what I do.
You should be charming and delightful with your locals, giving them a chance to fall for your magic and incredible personality.
I still ask my mother for advice – she is an amazing cook and a very caring woman.
In bars, I like a classic, old-fashioned look — vests, black tie, braces.
A good mixologist likes to take on challenges.
My aspirations are far beyond anything I’ve already achieved.
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