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Ask a Bartender: What 3 Words Describe Your Ideal Bar?

We all have some notion of our ideal bar. Maybe it's a question of liquor offerings or atmosphere, maybe it's about attitude or the music playing in the background. But let's distill it to the core—what's truly important to us in a drinking establishment?<p>We asked a few of our favorite bartenders to …

Ask a Bartender: Tell Us About Your First Bartending Gig

While many of our favorite bartenders have long and storied careers, they all got their start somewhere—and most entry-level gigs weren't too glamorous. We asked bartenders across the country about their first stint behind a bar; here's what they had to say.<p>"There used to be a little club called …

7 Things a Bartender Shouldn't Do

There's no easy way to say this: A bad bartender can ruin an otherwise fine night. Nobody wants to be faced with an inattentive, surly or drunk bartender--it's just no fun.<p>To be fair, being a good bartender is a very hard job. You need to not only mix a fine drink and pour a proper pint but also …

10 ways to piss off your bartender

The fact that you’re physically separated by a bar should be an indication that’s how it’s meant to be. A good bartender knows how to tune out the …

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The Best Way to Signal a Bartender

Flagging him down may not be your best move after all<p>Save your voice and keep your hands in your pockets—you don’t need them to attract a bartender’s attention, shows new German research.<p>Despite what most people think (namely that waving or yelling will grab his attention), the guy behind the tap …

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Ask a Bartender: What's the Best Kind of Night at Your Bar?

A busy Saturday night at your favorite bar might have a great energy, and for the bartender, lots of tips—but on Tuesday, you get to relax a bit more, have conversations, try drinks you haven't before. We asked bartenders across the country: What are your favorite nights at the bar where you …

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Deal With Difficult Customers?

Customers who want "a gin drink... No, maybe whiskey... No, you decide." The drinker who won't leave his neighbor alone. The drinker who's just had one (or five) too many.<p>There's all sorts of bad behavior in bars, and it's the ladies and gentleman behind said bar who are the first line of defense, …

3 Bartenders Reveal the Dirtiest Secrets about Their Job

Get the straight scoop from the mouths of real mixologists<p>Ever order a gin and tonic, but think your bartender only heard ‘tonic’? Or maybe you’ve wondered if there’s a guaranteed way to get your drink quicker.<p>We went behind the bar for secrets from insiders on how they pour your booze, what bugs …

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Ask A Bartender: Good Substitutes for Expensive Spirits

Are more expensive spirits <i>usually</i> better than the bottom-shelf stuff? Sure. But price doesn't always indicate true quality, and sometimes, we just don't have the budget for lots of fancy spirits. We asked bartenders around the country: Which bottles do you find great substitutes for more expensive …

Ask a Bartender: How Do I Get Into Bitter Drinks?

Fernet and Cynar, Negronis and Boulevardiers—bitter amari, and the cocktails that showcase them, are all the rage these days. But to drinkers unaccustomed to those powerfully bitter flavors, a first sip can be off-putting. We've mentioned this challenge before, but today we're asking bartenders …

Ask A Bartender: What's the Strangest Drink You've Ever Encountered?

Modern mixology spans all kinds of cocktails, from the most classic to the most avant-garde. But some drinks push past "interesting" and go straight to "bizarre." We asked bartenders across the country: What's the strangest drink you've ever encountered? Here's what they had to say.<p>"We once had a …

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Friday Night Playlist?

Music is key to any great bar experience—and the soundtrack is one of the most important decisions a bar operator can make. We asked a few our favorite bartenders around the country: What's on your Friday night playlist? Here's what they had to say.<p>"Moby, a strong mix of Kid Cudi, the 'Drive' …

Would You Date a Bartender?

Valentine's Day has us thinking about romance. And to us, there's nothing more romantic than a captivating conversation over cocktails. But would you date the cutie on the other side of the bar?<p>Dating a bartender has its benefits: you already know that your favorite bartender is attractive and …

Ask a Bartender: The Bartender Secrets Customers Don't Know

As with all professions, bartenders have insight into their workplaces that the rest of us can't match. But given that the rest of us hang out <i>at</i> their workplace, we might benefit from learning a tip or two. We asked bartenders across the country: What's one bartender secret that customers don't …

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

When drinking is (sort of) part of your job description, recovery from said drinking is a vital skill. So we asked bartenders across the country: How do you prevent (or, barring that, cure) a hangover? Here's their advice; use responsibly.<p>"Drink water in between drinks and it will keep you hydrated …

Ask a Bartender: Molecular Mixology, Yay or Nay?

These days, more and more mixologists are bringing the techniques of molecular gastronomy behind the bar, using high-tech methods to refine their drinks. But other bartenders are all about the classics. We asked bartenders across the country: Molecular mixology, love it or hate it?<p>"It's awesome to …

Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales

• <b>Author:</b> Roberto Santibanez and Others<p><b>Discover the flavors of Mexican street food in your own kitchen</b><br>Americans are having a love affair with the taco. What began as affection for the fast-food version—that hard yellow shell filled with ground beef and mysterious yellow cheese—has blossomed into an …