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Cocktail Advice Article
Cocktail Advice From the Pros   August 29, 2011

If you only had one opportunity to pass on three pieces of advice to a rookie bartender about making cocktails, what would they be? Be prepared rookies, many of the pros' answers may well surprise you. More>>

Dollar Article
Driving Profits in a Slow Economy   August 29, 2011

Even if people drink during good times and bad, the odds are your customers have less money in their pockets now than they did last year. As discretionary income slowly evaporates, bars are competing for a dwindling pool of dollars.More>>

Serneels Article
Dean Serneels, The Wizard of Finest Call   August 29, 2011

Watching Dean Serneels operate behind a bar is a graduate-level education. Serneels is one of those rare individuals who defines a bartender’s role as satisfying the wants and needs of his guests first, crafting cocktails a distant second.More>>

Colorady Whiskey Article
Class of 2011: The Hottest New Backbar Prospects   August 15, 2011

There increasingly are more genuinely enticing spirits on our nation’s backbars. Coupled with the resurgence of the cocktail, there has never been a better time to imbibe.More>>

Employee Handbook Article
Are You and Your Staff on the Same Page?   August 15, 2011

Buy a new car, and they give you an owner’s manual. Get hired as a bartender or food server, though, and all you’ll likely get are a few training shifts and a printout of house policies. In today’s litigious society, that’s far from adequate. More>>

Sean Ludford Article
Sean Ludford, the 'George Bernard Shaw of Alcohol'   August 15, 2011

I first met Sean Ludford at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where his Irish wit and unfailing appreciation of everything spirituous stole the show.More>>

Inventory Article
Tracking Inventory: A Profit Paper Trail   August 15, 2011

To be financially successful, you need to know what inventory you have, how much you paid for it and exactly where it is at any point in time. The following tips can help track every product through the inventory cycle:More>>

Robert Plotkin
Seven Steps to Building Repeat Business   August 12, 2011

Want to double the volume of business you’re doing at the bar? Gimmicks and slick promotions won’t get you there. The only tried-and-true way to accomplish your goal is to convert first-time visitors into regular clientele.More>>

Orange Pisco Sour Article
The Second Coming of Pisco   August 1, 2011

The ongoing cocktail renaissance has propelled pisco into the limelight and onto American backbars. Bartenders on both coasts have come to appreciate its unrivaled mixability and universally appealing character. More>>

Draft beer Article
Tapping More Profit Per Keg   August 1, 2011

In a perfect world, every ounce of draft beer you purchase would be dispensed and sold, but roughly 23% is lost. When it's this difficult to remain successful, how can a savvy bar operator keep beer — and profits — from swirling down the drain?More>>



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