The Bar Life

Profiles, interviews, stories and just generally useful intel about life behind the stick — and away from it

Bar Talk

Talking shop with the best in the field

Really Good Tiki:
Martin Cate on What Makes a Great Tiki Bar

Washington, DC, Has Gone Rum Crazy. And This Man Might Be the Reason.

This Bartender’s Exit Strategy:
Open a Rum Distillery

This Is How You Build a Great Modern Dive Bar

Women in Bartending:
Two Legends Talk About Finding Success While Dealing With Constant Gender-Related Challenges

Can the Las Vegas Strip Handle Great Cocktails? Sam Ross Thinks So

How They Got It Right

Secrets of the people and places that nailed their concepts

How They Got It Right:
Amor y Amargo

All the Ways in Which This Whiskey Bar Mastered the Magic of Drinking Whiskey

How Bar Goto Got It Right

How They Got It Right:
Prague’s Parlour Bar

The Business of the Bar

Growing your bartending career—the right way

How Bars Are Changing in the Age of #MeToo

Starting Over:
How to Rebuild When Your Bar Goes Bust

How to Keep Bartending Fresh by Finding New Opportunities That Aren’t Behind the Stick

5 Tips to Help Prevent Working Bartenders from Getting Injured

Competitions, Events and Experiences

The Ultimate Bartender Championship Presented By Monkey Shoulder

Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge

Sandeman Bartender Competition

The Naked Grouse Cocktail Competition

Bar Convent Brooklyn
JUNE 12 & 13, 2018

2018 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience

My Take

Unfiltered wisdom from industry pillars

Is Canadian Whisky Making a Comeback?

Beefeater’s Desmond Payne Talks About a Lifetime of Distilling Gin

This Bartender Thinks Good Garnishes Are Pretty Much Impossible. Here’s Why.

Does Knowing Where Your Cocktail Ingredients Come From Matter?

Snap Shot

New bars and why they matter

The Recipe for Success Behind LA’s Hottest New Bar? Don’t Try to Be New York.

Inside Xaman, Tulum’s Hottest New Shaman Bar

Is the Distillery Tour at Lost Spirits the Wackiest in the World?

One of the World’s Largest Japanese Whisky Collections. In One Surprising Bar.

Stick People

Profiles of the bartenders to know now

Talking Cognac with Hennessy’s Oliver Paultes

Where Do You Go to Hire a Master Distiller? Check the Accounting Department.

This Barbadian Bartender Is Changing the Way We Drink in Paradise

Maggie Campbell Is the Unsung Savior of American Rum

This Boston Bartender Makes His Mai Tais the Italian Way

The Key to Being a Badass Bartender in Los Angeles? Ignore Hollywood.