Tips & Tricks
ALTERNATIVE BAR TOOLS
Safe at home but missing your bar tools? Using these everyday kitchen utensils, you can make the most of this time and improve your cocktail making skills. Now, pass the rolling pin!
THE ART OF SMOKING COCKTAILS
There is a balance between adding creative flair to cocktails for dramatic effect and ensuring techniques heighten the flavours of your drinks. Tim Philips-Johansson shares some of his favourite tried and tested methods for smoking cocktails.
Bartender Balance: Journey to a Healthier, Happier You
The struggle is real when it comes to balancing rest, diet and taking time out for ourselves. Bar professionals Camille Vidal, Jamie Jones and Alex Kratena reflect on how they find balance in their lives.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE A BARTENDER WHEN...
Long nights, tired legs and aching muscles from pouring, shaking and stirring are some of the tell-tale signs of being a bartender. Then there are some less obvious ones that you will be all too familiar with.
PRACTICING RESPONSIBLE SERVING LIKE A PRO
Creating a fun, vibrant yet safe space for guests should be top of every bar’s agenda. In this article, we delve into the finer details of responsible serving, how to spot the signs of intoxication and promote responsible serving in your bar.
A BATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: A GUIDE TO GREAT BATCHING
To outsiders, batching may conjure up sweet punches and poorly measured ingredients. To bartenders, it’s another thing entirely and 2012 World Class winner, Tim Philips explains how pre-mixed drinks free up bartenders to focus on their craft and execution.
An Expert Guide to Getting your Bar Ready for the Holiday Season
From getting staff lined up to creating a seasonal menu, our Business of Bars expert Sean Finter gives tips on how to make the most of those busier periods during the year.
CLOSING TIME: HOW BARTENDERS RELAX AFTER WORK
‘Winding down’ after work, whether it’s 10pm or 3am, is an age-old dilemma for anyone working shifts in the service industry.
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT IN THE BAR
With more products out there than ever it can get very confusing about what stock to buy. Business of bars expert, Sean Finter from Barmetrix takes us through his tips on stock management to ensure your bar minimises losses, boosts profits and delights customers.
3 STEPS TO STACK YOUR BACK BAR FOR SUCCESS
Is your back bar winning? We worry about the performance of individual drinks, brands and bottles at our bars but taking stock of the collective back bar is necessary housekeeping.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COCKTAIL CLARIFICATION
‘Clarifying’ a liquid, or removing all of its cloudy particles, isn’t always going to affect the flavour of the modified solution – it will however, add another layer to your cocktail and be infinitely cooler than the ‘not clarified’ version.
QUICK TIPS FOR MEASURING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
In the digital age of today, with social media, Yelp and similar platforms, venues’ reputations count for even more than before – and ‘you’re only as good as your last review’ mentality has kicked in.