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

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

9,400 Original Cocktail Recipes:
Aaron Polsky Talks Los Angeles Bartending

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

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.

The Holidays Are Nuts for Bartenders. Here Are 5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Busy Season.

I Went to Bartending School. And It Was an Absolute, Total Waste of Money.

Competitions, Events and Experiences



2017 Beefeater MIXLDN Bartender Competition

Bar Hill Bee’s Knees Week – Save the Bees

Free Trip to Brooklyn – Q Drinks 2017 Sweepstakes

2017 Tequila Herradura Legends Competition

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

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?

This Chicago Bar with Rare Italian Spirits Looks Like No Other Bar in the USA. And That’s a Very Good Thing.

Stick People

Profiles of the bartenders to know now

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.

Meet the Newest Face of Hong Kong’s Exciting Drink Scene

The Perfect Highball:
How It Forever Changed One Bartender’s Career

You Ready for the Best Kind of Italian Bar Hospitality?