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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:
At Chicago’s Milk Room, No 2 Bottles Are the Same

How They Got It Right:
Say Hello to the Best Little Bubbly Bar in the Midwest. And Maybe America.

The New York City Bar That Mastered the Romantic Mood

How They Got It Right:
Amor y Amargo

The Business of the Bar

Growing your bartending career—the right way

7 Ways to Get Paid What You’re Worth as a Bar Consultant

January Is a Great Time for a Booze-Free Cocktail. Here’s How to Do It Right.

5 Great Ways to Make Cheap Cocktails Taste Like $20 Ones

Everything You Need to Know About Building Out a Bar

Competitions, Events and Experiences


Tales of the Cocktail and Liquor.com Presents Neighborhood Bartender Competition Sponsored by Jameson Black Barrel

The Jamaican Difference

The 2019 Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year Competition

2019 Liquor.com Legacy Cocktail Competition presented by BACARDí

2018 Tequila Herradura Legends Competition

My Take

Unfiltered wisdom from industry pillars

A Drink I Still Love:
The Singapore Sling

Have We Seen the End of the 9-Ingredient Drink?

Meet the Man Who Helped Kick Off London’s Latest Gin Craze

The Bar World Has It All Wrong When It Comes to Gender and Cocktails

Snap Shot

New bars and why they matter

Had It with Artificially Colored Booze? This Harlem Bar Is Now Your New Favorite Spot.

Las Vegas Gets Its First Real Rum Shack. And It’s Not on the Strip.

With a View Like This, Who Needs Great Cocktails? You Do.

A Psychoanalyst Is Taking a Shot with Kentucky Bourbon

Stick People

Profiles of the bartenders to know now

Meet the Bartender Who’s Putting Manila’s Cocktail Scene on the Map

This Legendary Rum Maker Doesn’t Care if You Read This Story

Stick People:
Shingo Gokan Is Ready to Show How to Break from the Ordinary Bar

This Scottish Bartender Commutes 5,100 Miles to Work

This Brand Ambassador’s Advice for Bartenders? Learn to Take Care of Yourself.

Victoria Chow Is the Busiest Bartender in Hong Kong. And She Likes It That Way.