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

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

How 2 Couples Are Bringing London’s Soho Neighborhood Back to Its Cocktail Roots

The Business of the Bar

Growing your bartending career—the right way

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

Sober Bartenders Say They Feel Great. But Does Not Drinking Hurt Their Business?

Competitions, Events and Experiences

Slane Cocktail Series and City Guide

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

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.

Jim Meehan’s New Bar Is a Beautiful Ode to Frank Lloyd Wright

This American Bar Is Frozen in the Early 20th Century. Will It Be Able to Stay That Way?

Stick People

Profiles of the bartenders to know now

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.

This Bartender Is Making Wood-Fired Cocktails. But How Do They Taste?

This Chicago Bar Owner Is Crazy About Rum—And Thinks You Should Taste These 6 Bottles