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The Return to Manhood

We are all aware of this scene:  a shirtless man wearing jeans and a tool belt takes a break from sanding the deck, walks up to his girl and grabs her around the waist and forcefully pulls her to his chest, causing her to gasp in startled rapture. Where is that guy?  What in the…

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10 MUST-DO Tips for Getting a Bartending Job

I am asked often how to become a bartender.  This is a simplified blueprint for getting a great bartending job. I go into much greater detail in the book, which includes exactly what to say and not to say in an interview, as well as everything you need to know about learning and practicing at…

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Bar Etiquette: How to Keep the Bartender Happy

Occupational hazards are a way of life no matter your profession:  doctors are required to be in the presence of the sick and dying, construction workers are on the constant lookout for falling cinderblocks, Alaskan king crab fisherman must avoid being washed overboard by a giant swell.  Sure, bartenders do not walk the same perilous…

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Bartending Schools: The Real Truth From TheRealBarman

Check out my video on what I really think about bartending schools, and then read the article below that provides a survey in which I asked 47 bar owners and managers what they thought about bartending school and how relevant they are to finding a bartending job. As I take on this ever-increasing (and quite…

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The Bourne Illumination

IT’S LIKE LOOKING IN A MIRROR! I have always wanted to be a bad-ass action hero, from the time I was about four, watching The Six-Million Dollar Man, up until about two days ago. One of the great pleasures I get working at my bar is that about once every three or four months some drunk person…