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Bartending trends and fads – are they here to stay?

September 26, 2017

4 Mixology and Bartending Trends You Should Know About.  Just as with any creative medium, trends in mixology are in a constant state of flux. While the strawberry daiquiri may have been the most popular drink at some point, nowadays is different. Sugary concoctions are giving way to finely crafted and artfully conceived cocktails.  They

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The 10 Bartending Commandments

August 18, 2017

There are certain social do’s and don’ts that the seasoned bartender will pick up on the fly – the unwritten rules of bartending, if you will. When working in such a social industry, the interpersonal know-how is almost as important as the technical. While they’re not strictly rules , everyone that’s spent any time working behind a

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Budvar Hoptails – beer cocktails event London

August 9, 2017

Budweiser Budvar redefines the beer cocktail with six new recipes from the UK’s leading mixologists Iconic Czech beer brand Budvar has teamed up with some of the UK’s leading mixologists to create six original beer cocktails – or ‘Hoptails’ – that you’re definitely going to want to try. Introducing Budvar Hoptail #2 – 'Victory Plum

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Your Shop Window

May 14, 2017

When I was in retail for over 20 years, one of the most important things to get right in an attempt to convert potential customers into actual sales was the shop window. The reason that the shop window was so important was because the most difficult part of the whole process of getting potential customers to buy your product is for them

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Bar 17 – Co-Located with the National Restaurant Association Show®

May 11, 2017

Not long now till Chicago hosts BAR 17.  It’s on May 21st and 22nd 2017. Register here now to attend BAR 17 today What you’ll see at BAR 17 Chicago Lectures and workshops that will to explore bar trends, and best practices. Mixology and demos on stage from some of the big names in the

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The Greatness of Agave

April 14, 2017

Nothing speaks to the arresting unity of tradition and taste quite like tequila and its cousin mezcal. They are revered for a rich, nationalistic history as well as their broad variety of expressions. Tequila and mezcal carry with them a reputation of both credibility and versatility. What makes agave great? Whether sipped solo or mixed

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The history of Absinthe

March 8, 2017

The “Green Fairy” In the long history of alcohol, few distilled beverages have achieved the notoriety of absinthe. Light green in color and exceedingly potent (110-144 proof), absinthe, has also become known as the “Green Fairy.” Valentine's Day, Shmalentine's Day, it's Green Fairy Day!#Absinthe pic.twitter.com/lS8bU3ZENT — A Perfunctory Life (@Leonid_ZMan) February 15, 2017 Absinthe became

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Malt whisky 2017 trends – exports soar past £1 Billion

March 5, 2017

The Changing Face Of The Global Scotch Market: 2017’s Trends This weekend global malt whisky exports eclipsed £1 billion for the first time in history. This news is very encouraging and calls for celebration following uninspiring troughs in 2014 & 2015. Exports of Scotch whisky are up for the first time in years, driven by

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Women and Whiskey

February 28, 2017

Whiskey.  As long as it’s been distilled, whether as bourbon, rye, single malt, Irish, English, scotch or any other variant, the spirit has been clothed in machismo; the ultimate guy drink. So where does this put women and whiskey? George Bernard Shaw referred to it as “liquid sunshine.” Mark Twain felt that while “too much

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Do you know your spirits?

February 21, 2017

There’s a new spirit recommendation service getting set up.. And they’re looking for your input There’s soon going to be a new service available which will automatically be able to recommend spirits dependant on your tastes.  This is to help give you clarity in what new spirits to try since we’re in the dawn of

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The Story Of Whisky: Epsiode 1

December 20, 2016

Whisky is in our Culture “The Nature of distillation is that distillers use what grows around them. So if you’re in France you use grapes to make brandy, if you’re in Mexico you use agave to make mezcal and if you’re in the Caribbean you use cane to make rum. In Scotland, our geology means

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Lets Welcome the Spirits

November 11, 2016

Words and thoughts by Ian Fisermanis My Frustration with “Juice Cocktails” As I mature, and my journey through bar tending and mixology continues, I find myself increasingly frustrated with the ‘juice’ cocktails. I’m creating a new term here, so a definition is needed. Juice Cocktails – a cocktail mixed using alcohol but blended specifically to hide

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Bartending School: Do Bartenders Need To Go?

October 9, 2016

The big question a lot of bartenders ask themselves is: Do I need to study at bartending school to find bar work? It’s so commonly asked by rising mixologists because we want to be the best we can possibly be at our jobs. With more people attending College and University for their specialised subjects, it

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Should Bars Be Catering For Non-Drinkers?

October 4, 2016

“A diet Coke please”. Every single time me and my friends are socialising in a bar, we order the same dreary beverage. It’s become our signature staple and we’ve become quite adroit at differentiating between Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi and other members of the family. Sipping on the same drink every visit doesn’t excite our

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Classic Cocktails Every Bartender Should Know About

September 30, 2016

A clueless bartender drives us mad – especially when they have no idea about cocktails. If you’re starting out as a bartender, the cocktail world can be very confusing, which is why we’ve narrowed them down to the most popular mixes. Here are some classic cocktails every bartender should know off the top of their

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New Café Coming To Glasgow

September 25, 2016

Here at All Bartenders, we love hearing about upcoming venues – including bars, café and restaurants. One particular new opening is Chaakoo Bombay Café, yet to rise in Glasgow’s city centre. With a name like that, you can’t help but be enticed, so we spoke with the bar manager to hear all about the latest

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Stop The Stigma That Bars Are Expensive

September 23, 2016

Friends and I recently spent over £40 for an hour-stay at TGI Fridays. Some grumbled when they saw the bill, and some handed over their card expression-less. Our salaries are virtually identical and we each have similar outgoings with a mirrored approach to money. Yet why do some feel that bars are expensive? Are Bars

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How These Bartenders Deal With Drunken Customers

September 18, 2016

We recently wrote a blog about dealing with over-friendly customers and rightfully, drunken behaviour fell into this category. Calming the person and making everyone in the bar feel comfortable is your priority – as is safety. It’s easier said than done when you’re starting out or the customer is causing problems in the bar. So we wanted to

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The Quality Of An Excellent Bartender

September 13, 2016

An excellent bartender has to have many qualities. Dealing with over-friendly customers is one, but we also have to take charge of the room – including people’s safety and happiness. To some, our job is to serve drinks and handle money. But our role is a lot more complex than that. However, there are times

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Can You Be A Bartender If You’re Shy?

September 9, 2016

Sometimes we can be guilty of stereotyping bartenders as ballsy individuals with confidence. It’s not very often you see a shy bartender behind, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Some venues are able to attract the right bar staff where the teams just gel, entertain and give great service. If you’re wary and anxious but aspire to

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Dealing With Over-Friendly Customers At A Bar

September 4, 2016

We have all worked in or been in a bar and had to suffer with the bartender who is overly flirtatious. Or perhaps the one who stepped just too far over the mark in to the realm of pestering in an attempt to get a phone number. It’s a nuisance to deal with over-friendly customers

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The Lake House Restaurant: Blissful And Quaint

August 31, 2016

Located in the Niagara region at 3100 North Service Road in Vineland, Ontario, is The Lake House Restaurant – a dining experience that you won’t soon forget. The exterior of the restaurant is incredibly lovely, with white siding and a charcoal-coloured roof sporting red chimneys. A vibrant green lawn welcomes you both as you make your way to

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Success – A Case Study In Customer Service

August 27, 2016

In the two and half years of working with my current team at Café vin Cinq, we have helped nurture and encourage what we consider to be best practise, and that’s what I want to discuss. I am by no means saying we always get things right; some of the best advice I got in

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Bartending Is A Team Sport

August 24, 2016

It was a friend’s wedding last weekend which opened my eyes to the work ethic of a bartender. Before this night, I had little acquaintance of the importance of teamwork in bartending. With so much emphasis on creating the tastiest cocktail and impressing customers, we lose sight of the connection between employees. Teamwork In Bartending

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Las Vegas Bars With A View

August 18, 2016

My partner and I are jetting to Las Vegas next month, for the second time this year. Las Vegas bars are so vibrant and lively that we were sucked back into their majestic aurora. Some may think we’re crazy for roving to the same place again, but regular Vegas tourists will understand why; it’s a

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Bartending In Dubai

August 17, 2016

We had the privilege to speak with Stephen Pinto – a budding mixologist from Dubai – about what’s really involved in bartending. You’ll find Stephen shaking cocktails and greeting customers at the Grosvenor House Hotel; a modern building located on the Dubai Marina promenade. Prospering off mixing cocktails and making guests dreams with a magical mixture,

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Flair Bartenders With Aptitude

August 14, 2016

Flair bartending is an art which some people are born with, and others train for years to master. With all of the attacks to mixologists, such as the dangers of the Monsieur, it’s time we united and celebrated the endowed individuals in our industry. Here are the most jaw-dropping flair bartending moments. Flairtenders Get Extreme

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Dangers Of The Monsieur

August 11, 2016

Whilst looking through the articles on robots can’t replace bartenders, I have spent most of my afternoon reading the specification on the Monsieur and having a play with the web app etc. The article raises many valid points about how the machine cannot replace bartenders. However, I have found several more pressing arguments for and against

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Symphony in the Gardens: A Night at Casa Loma

August 2, 2016

As an employee of one of Toronto’s landmarks, Casa Loma, I can’t help but be on top of all of the Castle’s events, including the Symphony in the Gardens performances that run every Tuesday this summer (until August 30th). Toronto is infamous for nights out, day outings and exquisite restaurants, and here is just one way to spend your spare

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Hiring The Right Bar Staff

July 30, 2016

A bartender’s role is customer-facing, so it’s detrimental that you hire the right team. Otherwise, profits can flummox and customers become unsatisfied. We help bars all around the world to advertise for bar staff. The bar industry is bigger than ever, so it can be intimidating to get your vacancy out there. But don’t worry, because

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Café Vin Cinq: A Multi-Award Winning Gem In The Heart of Warwickshire

July 24, 2016

I’ll make no apologies for the fact I’m about to write a bar review for where I work. I don’t intend to mislead anyone or present anything other than facts and my personal opinions on the industry and standards it should be achieving. I write from a place of pride, not arrogance, and you are welcome to

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Robots Can’t Replace Bartenders

July 19, 2016

Literally the other day I was having a conversation with my friend about robots replacing humans for customer service roles. “No, that won’t happen” she said. But my argument was that companies want to save money and sadly, the younger generation want to interact with human strangers as little as possible. Yet when I awoke

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Bars, Don’t Forget Your Non-Alcoholic Options Too

July 13, 2016

I find increasingly that my customers are seeking sober options. There are tonnes of mocktail recipes available to bars, yet they limit their menu for unknown reasons. Whilst the vast majority of patrons are looking at the cocktail menu with childlike glee, I observe more and more people skipping each chapter in search of the

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Cheap Ways You Can Renovate Your Bar

July 8, 2016

Are you looking for ways to transform your bar and get it looking fresh and new again? There are a multitude of ways to do so, but most come at a price. When you’re sporting a low budget, you needn’t have a limited range, because the appearance of your bar influences the number of customers

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Learn To Get Along With Your Customers

June 28, 2016

Bartending is such a rewarding career: you get to spend time doing what you love – making cocktails, avoid sitting at a desk 9-5 and being compensated with a healthy wage in a fun environment. Surrounded by new people all day and night, it’s often seen as a perk of the job, but if you’re

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How To Find Bar Work

June 22, 2016

So you’ve decided you want to be a bartender and you have all these questions swirling around in your head: how do I find a job? I’ve applied to bartending jobs, but not heard anything back. What do I do? Here are a few things to consider if you want to find bar work. With

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London Is The Cultural Hub Of The Piña Colada

June 18, 2016

I am my mother’s daughter and like her, I love a Piña Colada. For me, it captures the essence of what I want from a cocktail; a classic with a rich history. It’s a timeless drink that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. When I sip that smooth creamy drink it floods my

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Our Nominees For The Scottish Bar and Pub Awards

June 14, 2016

August 2016 will see the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards – a celebration of pubs in the area that can win accolades across numerous categories. In tribute to this event, we’ve found the best pubs in Glasgow which should be nominated for an award in a specific class. If you agree with our findings, don’t

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Everything You Need To Know About A Gin And Tonic

June 11, 2016

Mixologists all around the world are rejoicing today in lieu of National Gin Day. The spirit derives from juniper berries for a precise flavour like no other cocktail available today – and we can’t get enough of it. So, on this united day, we’ve decided to clear up some myths about the elixir – including it

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Why The Scandinavian Bar Scene Is The Place To Be

June 4, 2016

I like to travel and I enjoy wasting a day in a bar or lounge, thus I am often basing my next adventure around a new cocktail experience or alcohol culture I have been reading about. My most recent trips have been to explore a new world of mixology opening in the northern countries of

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A Voyage Of Paris’s Coolest Bars And Inspired Cocktails

May 25, 2016

We’ve recently stumbled across a short cocktail video series starring the world renown mixologist and owner of The London Cocktail Club, JJ Goodman. These videos, inspired by an article on The Six Coolest Cocktail Bars in Paris, made us feel as if we were gazing up at the Eiffel Tower and disbursing on their fashion phenomenon.

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A Little Bit of Parisian Elegance in Northern Ontario

May 22, 2016

Not too long ago, I wrote a review on Fireside Grill – my favourite restaurant in the Northern Ontario town of Elliot Lake. I had also noted that it is very difficult to find a decent restaurant to dine at there, let alone one with a nice atmosphere and delicious food. While I was visiting family up

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Best Dining Experience in Ontario’s Scenic Elliot Lake

May 19, 2016

In many small towns, it can be difficult (and sometimes absolutely impossible) to find a decent restaurant in Toronto to dine at, let alone one with a nice atmosphere and delicious food. For a long while, this was the case in Elliot Lake, a small town in Northern Ontario with a population shy of 11,500

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TGI Fridays: A Taste Of America

May 13, 2016

On my return from Vegas at the New Year, I’ve been hard at saving to plan for a house move (estate agent fees aren’t cheap and sofas don’t buy themselves). So I decided to treat myself for a full day dedicated to clothes shopping at The Trafford Centre, as a reward for not dipping in

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Dinner and An After-Party: Partying in the Queen Street West District

May 7, 2016

Not long ago, I went out with a group of people for a friend’s 22nd birthday. An abundance of attractions to visit in Toronto, she selected the Queen Street West District of Toronto as the area in which to have dinner and go clubbing afterward – a more artsy part of the city I actually really

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Must-See Tourist Attractions in Toronto

May 3, 2016

Living in stunning Toronto for my whole life, and exploring the many unique spots around this vibrant metropolitan hub, it might leave me slightly biased when I claim that there are a plethora of reasons to come visit this city: the endless eateries, the intriguing people you can spot on a stroll through the downtown

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Cocktails And Euphoria At The Crazy Bear Fitzrovia

April 30, 2016

Once upon a time there was a family of three bears – Stadhampton, Fitzrovia and Beaconsfield. Opulent little bear caves full of exquisitely decorated and comfort first based seating. I walked into The Crazy Bear Fitzrovia purely because I knew there was a bar/restaurant through the doors from the outside, but it is difficult to tell what

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Bars Around The UK To Visit

April 27, 2016

With a plethora of bars in the UK we want to visit, it’s difficult to refine a list of hundreds to only eight; one simply doesn’t have the availability to taste the magical essences of all the alcohols. From timeless classics in traditional pubs to unique recipes in avant-garde designs, we’ve devised a lit of bars

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Is The Martini In A Mid-life Crisis Or Getting Its Second Wave?

April 20, 2016

At at least one hundred and fifty years old, the martini is the ultimate mixology classic. No dispute. The symbol of a hundred thousand cocktail menus and a cultural icon in its own right. But in this modern age, is the classic martini still relevant? In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under

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O’Grady’s On Church: Great Drinks, Great Location

April 16, 2016

O’Grady’s on Church is a pub I have frequented in the past couple of years with my best friend, both after and (admittedly at times) during what should be class times. This Toronto restaurant is located at 518 Church Street in the heart of The Village, conveniently close to Ryerson University where we go to school,

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The Cosmopolitan – How Hollywood Created Another Alcoholic Icon

April 12, 2016

What do you really know about the most popular cocktail of the last decade? Did you even know what the Cosmopolitan was before you began reading this article? Well, it’s probably not going to be a surprise that there is no contest; the Cosmopolitan is the cocktail kingpin of the past quarter century. There is

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The Lucky Pig Is Full Of Drink Surprises

April 9, 2016

Discovering Fitzrovia/Warren Street area, I once again come across a very soho style comfy basement bar. Complete with an old piano, old type writer and very cosy little alcoves of sitting areas with soft leather seats. The lighting is low and candles keep the mood romantic yet rustic, bringing out the outlines of the objects dotted

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Organising A Cocktail Party Hassle-Free

April 5, 2016

If you’re organising a cocktail party for formality, or just for fun, we’ve got you covered. From the basics of cocktail recipes, to the nitty gritty of themes, invitations and food ideas, we spoke with Shake & Stir Events to help you become more organised at hosting the best party possible. The truth of mixology is that it’s

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The Blind Pig For Pure Cocktail Satisfaction

March 30, 2016

Walking past the Social Eating House twice a day for the past 12 months, I never realised the door next to it; humorously labelled ‘Opticians’ was the entrance to a dark, glowing and subtly uplifting cocktail bar with a great, filling snack menu – The Blind Pig. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of bars

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New Cocktail Lounge Coming To Leeds This Friday

March 23, 2016

Leeds is getting ready for a new cocktail lounge about to launch on Good Friday (25.03.16) at 5pm. The Lounge at Chilli White Leeds will focus on creating the perfect atmosphere for their customers and focus on mixology, specialised gins and bourbon, as well as a range of craft beers. Described as chic, charming and classic, this cocktail bar

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Why The Mojito Is Pushing The Pain Barrier For Bartenders

March 22, 2016

The history of the mojito is magical, quite literally, and it has been refined and altered to taste like the beverage that we all know and love. Except, not all mixologists love this hundreds-of-years-old cocktail, and Ian Fišermanis is one of them. The truth about mixology is fascinating. You may think it’s glorious and all cocktail making, but

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Dining in Absolute Luxury: A Night at the Shangri-La Hotel

March 16, 2016

In celebration of a cousin’s birthday, my family and I were invited to the Shangri-La Hotel for dinner at the very modern and chic restaurant Bosk. This is a very swanky restaurant located near Queen and University Streets, in the heart of downtown Toronto and on the outskirts of our beautiful city’s Financial District. Toronto is

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Mixology Isn’t All Cocktail. Some Of It’s ‘Coyote Ugly’

March 10, 2016

Meet our latest blogger, Ian ‘Fizz’ Fišermanis – a Head Mixologist in BarTwentyFive at Cafe Vin Cinq in Rugby, U.K. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, he has also worked as a consultant to the retail and hospitality sector with the company Brain Stormers. So what do you need to do to become a Head Mixologist like

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Mother’s Day Gathering At The Stanley Arms

March 8, 2016

Rewind 14 years to when I was 10 years old and my brother was 14. With our parents, we used to spend many Sundays together eating great food in restaurants. One of them was The Stanley Arms in Northwich, Cheshire. Sunday was Mother’s Day and most of us ritualise going out for a meal every year,

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Sneaky Dee’s: Toronto’s Holy Grail of Cheap Drinks & Live Music

March 6, 2016

When I was finally able to experience this buzz-worthy Tex-Mex serving bar that is a staple of Torontonian nightlife, I was able to cross an item off of my Bar Bucket List. The outing was for one of my closest friend’s birthdays and much to my excitement, she hosted this event at the infamous Sneaky

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The Riverside Inn: Comfort And Style Intermingled

March 2, 2016

When my partner and I received the long awaited confirmation of renting a new home, we celebrated the only way we know how… with food. After trawling the Internet for restaurants within a 10 mile radius and that served food well after 7.30pm, we opted for The Riverside Inn. Home to many revels and chilled Sundays for my

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Celebrate Mother’s Day In These London Bars

February 28, 2016

On Sunday 6 March, treat your mother to a special meal in a cosy and friendly bar in London. If you’re anything like me, you’re still trying to gather gift ideas. But nothing says I love you like a special meal out does. The city is a hot spot for amazing food and tasty drinks that won’t let you down.

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Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent Open Until End Of February

February 23, 2016

Daydreaming of being on holiday somewhere cold, yet cosy, to feel better about the cold weather we have been having? Close your eyes and transport yourself into this ski lodge special set-up at Coq d’Argent. They have a warm and cosy winter garden – or ski lodge – set up in their garden side of

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Milroy’s of Soho – The Romantic Cellar Bar

February 18, 2016

A buzzing Friday night, the lively streets of Soho, one thirsty MartiniMule with sense of adventure. London is known for its mysterious underground discoveries when it comes to nightlife. There are also many romantic bars in London for people of all budgets and interests. You might be walking the streets of soho during daytime and think

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Monday Night Laughs At The Watermead

February 16, 2016

It’s Monday night and instead of my usual 30-minute Pilates session, I’m relaxing with family at a bar. (Who said Mondays were boring?). To celebrate my partner’s brother’s 20th birthday, myself and close family visited The Watermead in Lostock, Northwich. This wasn’t my first experience at the bar, but the handful of times I’ve been before, were merely unplanned

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The World’s Best Beach Bars With A View

February 11, 2016

Is anyone else fed up of it being dark at 5pm and cold mornings? If you’re anything like us, you’re in desperate need of a holiday somewhere warm – and preferably with a sea view. Oh, and with alcohol on hand too. If underwater bars sound a little too frightening to you, and you’d rather

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Underwater Bars And Restaurants Around The World

February 3, 2016

If you’re an adrenaline-junkie, or just love bars so much that you’re willing to travel around the world to see them, then you’re on the right page. With 14th of February fast approaching, there are plenty of London bars and restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But for those who love travelling and want to experience something they’ve

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London Bars And Restaurants For Valentine’s Day

January 29, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a big deal, especially for women, because it’s a day dedicated to showing how much you love that special someone. You’ve ordered the flowers to be delivered to her office, bought heart-shaped chocolates and got what could be the world’s biggest card, but you don’t know how to spend the night. Where

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Find the Right Member of Bar Staff

December 29, 2015

How to find the right member of staff You’ve opened your bar, you’ve created the ambience, you’ve stocked the spirits and products you want, and you’ve got it looking great. Now’s the bit that your business can hinge on. Now you need to find the right member of bar staff for the job. It’s these

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How do I prepare for a bar job interview?

December 29, 2015

How to prepare for a bar job interview From being in the bar and licensed trade since being able to pull a pint, I’ve known both sides of the interview table; what I’m looking for as an employer, and how nervous I felt as a 1st time interviewee.  Here, I’ll lay out a few tips

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How to Post a Bar Job

December 29, 2015

This page will explain the process of How to post a bar job Posting a bar job listing on AllBartenders.com is really simple. You don’t need an account to start with, you can create your account at the same time. The fields to fill in, will guide you through the entire process. First head to the

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The Best TV Bartenders Of All Time

December 10, 2015

You may find that no matter what you watch on TV, a bartender always appears refilling someone’s glass, whilst they’re full of woe, pouring their soul out to a stranger. We thoroughly researched and analysed a handful of shows and films to create this blog to show you the best TV bartenders of all time (okay, we’ll

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Glasgow Boutique Bar Show

October 19, 2015

If you’re in the hospitality industry and looking for a night of exciting things to do and get involved in, then the Glasgow Boutique Bar Show on 28 October 2015, is for you. This bar show is one of the most prestigious Scottish shows and should be marked in your diary straight away. The show consists

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