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Romantics drink more than cynics. They just simply enjoy their experience for what it is and don't care about whether you make your own bitters or whether your ice is triple distilled. Cynics just need to get laid more.
Getting the best cocktail team is based on character and outgoingness. Hire on character and build with smart training.
The other side of bar success? Behind the curtain is lots of hard work, future planning, training, creative marketing, dealing with landlords and suppliers, the taxman and dealing with the occasional idiot guest.
The accessory that every self-respecting bartender should have is a lucky shaker. It's like our chef whites....
A vanquished bartender is one who is burnt out and who does not take pleasure in the act of service.
If the bar was on fire and I could take only one thing, it would be our team mascot and night watch security, Benji the street dog.
The moment when a bartender's career turns into a bar-manager's one is when they realise it's about others and not how good you yourself are. That's the core combined with product knowledge, being charming with people, and having a sharp eye in the details.
You can never be sure what's going to happen. There's always something lurking around the corner... good and bad.
Wannabe cocktail geeks annoy me.
Disco funk and old school hip hop — that's what I like.
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