The 21 Laws of Owning and Running a Bar

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To all of the owners and managers online who have been emailing me, you can stop pestering me now. It’s finished. You can buy on Amazon it by clicking HERE  and download it to the Kindle app for the price of a Grey Goose and tonic. But unlike vodka, this will save your business and reduce your next day headaches. Happy reading. Feel …

How to Determine Optimal Inventory Levels For Your Bar

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Bar managers love their giant inventory. They must. Why else would they have $20,000 of inventory on-hand when they’re sales are only $60,000 per month? I assume it’s the variety. Like owning a stamp or coin collection. It’s fun to show off your array of rare whiskeys and Scotches to people who walk in, which for some bars is fine …

The 19 Stupidest Things I’ve Ever Heard People Say in My Bar

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Over the past several months, I’ve been paying attention and writing down things I’ve overheard people say because they’re either wasted or just plain stupid. It’s difficult to discern in a bar. I was going to keep adding to my list the stupid things people say, but I’ve become obsessed listening to conversations, so for the sake of my own …

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The Secret to Cost Control That Nobody is Practicing

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If you’ve been in this industry for any amount of time, you have at least been exposed to an insane way of thinking that doesn’t exist in any other work force I’ve ever come across. This way of thinking has become so engrained over the years into the minds of owners and managers that it’s difficult for me to penetrate the …

Duane the Mixologist

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Hello, my name is Duane. I am a mixologist.  If you do not believe me, just ask anyone at the bar and they will tell you that I am a mixologist.   If you need a cocktail, please do not call out, “Hey bartender,” because I will not respond, as I am not a bartender.  Please call me Duane, or Master Mixologist and I will …

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Why Bartending Schools Don’t Work

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In case you’re as dim as a 10-watt bulb, you are quite alert to the fact that I am anti-bartending school. I’ve been bartending and bar managing for 15 years now and I can’t quite describe my level of agitation when I see all the articles on the Internet that advise people to sign up for them. I kid you …

Look Ma, I’m in Cosmo

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It’s true, apparently I’ve made it big time. No, I’m not one of the hot dudes with his shirt off giving smoky looks of lust. In fact, there is no picture of me at all (at least not yet), only my name.  One of the writers from Cosmopolitan Magazine reads my blog and she was doing a story on date …