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

5 Tips to Help Prevent Working Bartenders from Getting Injured

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

6 Extremely Useful Tips for Holiday Menus That Make Sense for Your Bar

Yes, You Can Absolutely Be a Bartender and a Parent. But There Are Challenges.

Competitions, Events and Experiences

2018 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience



2017 Beefeater MIXLDN Bartender Competition

Bar Hill Bee’s Knees Week – Save the Bees

Free Trip to Brooklyn – Q Drinks 2017 Sweepstakes

My Take

Unfiltered wisdom from industry pillars

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?

Stop Making Up New Drinks. Start Mastering the Classics

Snap Shot

New bars and why they matter

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?

This Bar Has 100 Cocktails on Its Happy Hour Menu. Is It the World’s Craziest Happy Hour Menu?

Stick People

Profiles of the bartenders to know now

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

Meet Bridget Maloney. She’s the Woman Behind Women Who Love Whiskey.

This Is How Chocolate and a Family Business Won This Bartender a Fancy Cocktail Competition

Behind Danny Louie’s Inspired Menu at Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco

This Bartender Thinks About Instagram First When Making Drinks. Yes, His Drinks Are Beautiful. And Delicious.