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Michael Tipps

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Michael  Tipps

Michael Tipps began his career in food and beverage in New York City where over time he became the bar manager at the prestigious Soho and Tribeca Grand Hotels for Grand Life Hotels. It was here that Tipps was taught the essentials of classic mixology by the person responsible for bringing the classic cocktail craze back to the United States, Sasha Petraske of Milk and Honey fame. In 2008, Tipps moved to Los Angeles, partnering with David Foss to form Est1854 llc, a food and beverage consulting firm. Tipps currently extols his expertise on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”


Bar Rescue Insider Blog
Bartending Schools, Hit or Miss?   June 27, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

There are standards in place that are the basis of all professions, whether it’s rocket science, history, or culinary arts. Bartending has standards that are kept a secret. Yes bartending schools exist, but they are not typically started and run by those who have a pedigree that is well respected...more >>

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Understanding the Backbar   May 23, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

I believe the backbar — including an owner’s taste in well brands — is one of a bar’s most underutilized revenue sources. Owners should treat these bar elements as valuable real estate.

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Making Mixology Approachable   April 25, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

The nation's fascination with mixology has in many ways rejuvenated the bar industry. However, the mixology community has gotten a reputation for being a bit snooty.

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A Bartender’s Perspective on Wine   April 4, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

The wine biz has to drop the pretension. The only thing worse than a snotty, pretentious bartender (I’m sorry, mixologist) is an overly stuffy, pretentious sommelier.

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Creating a Service-Recovery Strategy   March 14, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

My mentality has always been the same: The guest experience must be the most important subject in the service industry.

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Tailoring the Bar Experience    February 22, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

Does your bar's staff know how to read your clientele? Understanding what your guests need and want is crucial to building repeat business, so give them the amazing experiences they long for.

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How to Empower and Motivate Your Bartenders   February 1, 2012
By: Michael Tipps

Even the best staff members sometimes fail to understand their own skill sets. Therefore, finding ways to inspire your bartenders is crucial!

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