9 Long Island Iced Teas You Should Know How to Make

Ahhhh, the Long Island Iced Tea. As long as people have enjoyed vomiting in the bushes outside their neighborhood watering hole, they’ve enjoyed sucking down Long Island Iced Teas. Just ordering a Long Island sort of defines your night right from the start and makes a declaration to everyone around you: I’m going to go […]

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bartending School

The #1 question I have been asked throughout my career by people who want to become a bartender and who are considering signing up for TheRealBarcourse is: “Should I go to bartending school?” Followed by the second most asked question: “How do I choose the right one?” Just to make things clear, I am not anti-bartending school as long […]

Meet Bot-Tender: The Most Boring Transformer of All

If you’ve every wanted to know what it’s like to have a cocktail made by the Chrysler corporation in their assembly line factories, your wishes have been granted. Check out the Bot-tender. It’s just like an Erector Set, except not exciting or fun. It’s about as warm and friendly as the cop from Terminator 2 […]

The Online Bartending School to End All Bartending Schools?

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Before you say anything. I’m fully aware that I’m a walking contradiction. I tell people who ask my advice about bartending school not to go, and yet I vehemently tell people to sign-up for my online bartending school/ bartending course. You can sign up for my free mini-training here Seems like an self-serving thing to […]

Do You Need a Bartending License or Certificate to Bartend?

This is the 2nd most question I get asked, right after, “Should I go to bartending school?” Here I explain the scam that bartending schools try to pull with licenses and what you need to know. If you’re truly serious about Becoming a Bartender, you can look into TheRealBarCourse, the #1 online bartending course as […]

What Should Your Pour Cost Percentage Be?

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I hear the same thing from owners and managers everywhere I go: “My pour cost percentage is fine. Why would I need your system?” Simple, sir (or madam)…because you are blind to what is going on behind your bar. First of all, most owners have no idea if their pour cost percentage is fine or […]

10 Awesome Novelty Drink Ideas For Your Bar

If you haven’t read WHY you should find a novelty drink for your bar, go back and read 7 REASONS YOU SHOULD CREATE A NOVELTY DRINK FOR YOUR BAR. If you don’t need any more convincing and are ready for some ideas so you can get started creating buzz at your bar, let me share […]

7 Reasons You Should Create a Novelty Drink For Your Bar

For those of you new to the subject of novelty bar drinks, they are the equivalent of a cat chasing after and swatting at a piece of yarn you dangle in front of it. Stupid cat. I own one myself (not by choice) She sits there with that superior-to-the-rest-of-us attitude, yet the moment there’s movement, she […]

How to Make a White Gummy Bear Shot

Easily one of the most POPULAR shots in my bar. The ladies loooooooove a White Gummy Bear Shot Ever wanted to Become a Bartender? CLICK HERE

How Much do Bartenders Make?

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Or more accurately, this article should be titled “How Much do Bartenders REALLY Make” because a wide chasm exists between what they claim and what they actually make, which makes this a common and intriguing question, and one I get a lot. A bartender’s income is not like traditional jobs that have a salary or […]

Highest-Paying Jobs Without a Degree: Where Do Bartenders Rank?

For those of you out scouring the Internet for the highest-paying jobs without a degree, you have perhaps come across numerous websites listing their top 10 or 20 jobs that pay the most without a degree, which were most likely quoted directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) file. So let’s quickly take a look at […]

Should You Go to Bartending School?

Just so y’all are aware, this video is a 2nd edition. Years ago I had a video by the same title, but since then my stance has changed just a teensy bit (but not much) on bartending schools and whether you should go. Check out the video and email me if you have any questions. […]

Do I Need a Bartending License or Certificate to Become a Bartender?

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There are two specific questions I get more than all the other questions combined from aspiring bartenders looking to break into the industry, and they are: Do I need a bartending license or certificate to become a bartender? Should I go to bartending school? In this post I will answer the first question, and if […]

10 Reasons Why Starbucks Baristas Make Awesome Bartenders

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I believe in full transparency, so for those of you who don’t know me, I help people become bartenders. It’s one of the main things I do, which is how this whole experiment with Starbuck’s began about a year ago. If you want to learn more about how to become a bartender like my other […]

Does Fireball Whisky Actually Have Antifreeze?

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text style=”text-size:1.5em;”]Not too long ago Sweeden, Norway and Finland banned Fireball because they claimed it contained the same toxins as antifreeze. True, or urban legend? TheRealBarman lays out the truth.[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: […]

How to Become a Bartender With Absolutely No Experience

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Before we dive into all the details of how to become a bartender, I have to ask you, Mr./Ms. aspiring bartender, how did you happen to arrive here? And I don’t mean to this site or this article? I mean, what has been going through your head in the past few days or weeks which has led […]

Your Bar Manager Sucks!

Many people may not know this about me, but I’m on a committee to pass a bill that requires bar managers to do “management ride-alongs” with other successful managers before they are allowed to get hired as a bar or restaurant manager.  Alright, I lied.  After all, committees are hard. It wasn’t until I started […]

How Much Are Regulars Costing Your Bar?

One thing you should know about me: I love Panda Express. So much so that they should probably sponsor my website and give me a free Panda t-shirt, because I’m there all the time, to the point that it’s a bit embarrassing really. As I was standing in line yesterday waiting to order, the lady […]

10 Must Ask Interview Questions For Hiring the Perfect Server or Bartender

Here’s a fact: In the past three years I have asked approximately 50 owners and managers what their #1 pain point is in running their business. I’d say 45 of those 50 stated that managing and motivating employees was their top pain-in-the-ass issue that they wish would just go away. If you are an owner […]

Bar and Liquor Inventory App From Bar Patrol

Inventory sucks.  No argument there. And a good inventory system will definitely make it easier so you can run your business more efficiently and profitable, but the problem is that bar and liquor inventory software is sprouting up all over the place, overrunning our industry like a legion of ants converging on a sticky counter […]

Bar Inventory in 15 Minutes, My Ass!

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I have a standing challenge to any bar inventory software company who claims their app and software can count inventory in 15 minutes: Come do inventory for one of my clients and if you can do it in 15 minutes, I will give you $50,000. I’m not kidding. And not with 6 people using 6 […]

10 Greatest TV and Movie Bartenders of All Time

Someone emailed me the other day and asked me who I thought the greatest Hollywood bartender of all time was, and seeing as I have chosen to unearth and report all things bar-related in the industry (and perhaps occasionally outside the industry), I decided to do better than simply name the single greatest silver screen bartender, and rank, categorize and […]

Why is Bar Inventory SO Important? 3 Hard Truths You Need to Look at

I know you really don’t want to open up and read this article, because if you find out just HOW important your bar inventory is, it means you won’t be able to ignore it anymore. And yes, you’ve been ignoring it. That lazy count you do once per month on your clipboard is having the […]

What is Pour Cost Percentage and How to Calculate it

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For those of you new to this whole bar managing thing, or if you’re a bartender who keeps hearing, “Goddammit, the pour cost percentage is too high,” and you find yourself nodding and pretending to know what that means, I’m here to help. In fact, we’re not only going to go over how to figure […]

Bartending Schools: The Real Truth From TheRealBarman

The following article is based on a survey I did four years ago 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. And without my knowledge, the results of this post showed up in a Consumer Affairs article online, which […]