How to Memorize Cocktail Recipes – The Triple Imprint Method

Here’s a simple truth, if you want to become a bartender, you need to have some cocktail recipes memorized. It’s an unwritten agreement in which the customer assumes you know what the hell you’re doing in exchange for their money. It’s the same agreement you have with your doctor. You don’t want to go in […]

A Tribute to the Almighty Bartender

Bartenders are a rare breed, and like dogs, there are more different types of bartenders than you could name by memory. People ask me all the time, how do I become a bartender? And what type of bar should I work in? Helping you become a bartender, I can definitely help with, but part two […]

9 Reasons You Should Become a Bartender

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Let’s talk truthfully: everyone wants to be a bartender. Even those who claim they want nothing to do with becoming a bartender are lying. Like a sack of rocks.  I’m not saying they want it as a career choice, but if you look closely, you can see the envy in their eyes when they come […]

10 Things Great Bartenders Know How to Do

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BARTENDING SKILLS YOU NEED TO HAVE Do you want to become a bartender? I mean, do you REALLY want to become a bartender? Well, you aren’t going to learn how to bartend just from reading one blog post, but it will give you an an idea and an overview of what it takes to be […]

Live Bartender Training #2

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Here we go, let’s do this, the sequel for the live bartender training is out. Actually it’s been out for awhile on my YouTube Channel, but for those of you following the blog, it’s on a time-delay. Apparently. (Translation: Gotta get my shit together). If you’re just coming here for the first time, and you’re […]

Become a Bartender – Live Bartender Training #1

As I continue my quest to help aspiring people of all ages become a bartender, a few months ago I had the idea to use my bar as a sort of tool for field training for battle. Though I don’t really bartend much anymore, I do jump back there once in awhile to help out […]

Do You Need a Bartending License or Certificate to Bartend?

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Whenever someone who is trying to become a bartender asks me “Do I need a bartending license to bartend?”, I can’t help but think of some official government worker, like an ABC (The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) agent walking up to the bar in a long trench coat and fedora and gruffly barking at […]

Become a Bartender: How to Pour Draft Beer Like a Pro

How to Pour Draft Beer Like a Pro For those of you looking to become a bartender, pouring a draft beer might seem like a simple thing to the average Bob, Dick and Sally, but for those of you who have never done it before, it might be as intimidating as getting that condom wrapper open […]

Become a Bartender: Top 5 Most Asked Bartender Interview Questions

Not too long ago I had a bartender interview with this guy who was trying to become a bartender. His name is Brock (yep, not making that up), and this photograph was paper-clipped to the application he turned into me (without the caption beneath it, of course). I kid you not. This was his plan to […]

Become a Bartender – Speed & Multitasking

If you’re serious about becoming a bartender, and more importantly, if you’re serious about making a lot of money bartending, you’d better know how to be fast and that means multitasking. As you know, there is nothing worse than the sloth bartender who takes forever to get your drink order, and then once they finally […]

7 Steps to Becoming a Bartender With Absolutely No Experience

I’m just gonna say it: Bartending is AWESOME! Before starting my business Bar Patrol in 2010, I spent 15 years pouring beers, shaking martinis and creating awesome shots and cocktails for guests who had come to my adult playground to frolic. And in the process, I was walking home with $300 – $400 per shift […]

How to Make a Braveheart Cocktail

The Braveheart Cocktail: best consumed in a kilt (commando, of course), although you can totally sip it in your bathrobe at home if you’re feeling more Heffner than Wallace. Just don’t expect to battle oppression and tyranny from your sofa wearing a cloth belt. Cheers, Dave     Share the Love:

The Watermelon Negroni Slushee

We all know my affinity for Bourbon Slushees (I’ve stated out loud more than once that if 7-Eleven were ever to invest in a Bourbon Slushee machine in my area, I would be in at least once per day to purchase an extra large cup, along with a couple of those beef jerky sticks in […]

How to Make an Otter Pop Shot

Remember Otter Pops? Those long frozen treats with all the sugar and artificial colors and flavors you needed to give you the energy to terrorize your neighborhood all day long in the summer. Well, this is the same thing…except for adults. Who want the energy and courage to embarrass themselves at their local watering hole […]

7 Rookie Mistakes People Make When Trying to Become a Bartender

This is one of my longer videos, but it is worth it if you are thinking about becoming a bartender and you want to avoid all the mistakes that I see on a daily basis from people who walk into my bar looking for a job. Don’t be one of those people. If you’re ready […]

All About Bourbon


Wondering how bourbon is made or a little about its history? I got a crash course here that will have you sipping bourbon by the end of the hour. Have any questions, shoot me a message and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I am sober. Share the Love:

What in the Hell is Salmiakki Koskenkorva?

Someone asked me not too long ago to talk about this horrible liqueur/vodka that I thought nobody drank. Turns out it hit quite a chord, as lots of people are very dedicated to it. My bad.   Share the Love:

How to go From Barback to Bartender in 5.2 Seconds

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Ok, maybe not 5.2 seconds, but fast stuff is so cool I just couldn’t help myself. As you may or may not be aware, the entire purpose of my bartender online course, TheRealBarCourse, is to get you well-trained and then get you a bartending job as quickly as possible, but if you’re a barback or are […]

All About Vodka

In this video I’m going to share with you all the essential facts and details of where vodka comes from, how vodka is made and some other fun facts you don’t want to miss.   Cheers, until next time, The RB Share the Love:

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 […]

What is the Difference Between Mezcal and Tequila?

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Ever wondered what the difference is between Mezcal and Tequila? Or what’s the story with the worm in the bottle? Check out the video, and all will be revealed.     Cheers, The RB Share the Love:

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 […]

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 […]