So I have found some recent articles about bartending in general and a bunch about flair bartending. Some sites were interesting and some were quite boring. However, during my interviews this week I found a common denominator, so to speak, between all three of my interviewees.
They all couldn’t stand the fact that, by the standards of Bartending Academy, as long as you know some recipes, can apply them, and pay for your two week course, you can be a bartender.
That is not the case; it takes much more, that is for the same reason not just anyone can become a chef. Just because you may follow a recipe out of one of Bobby Flay’s cookbook, it doesn’t mean that your food will look or taste good, and you certainly would not go around referring to yourself as, “America’s Next Top Chef.”
I really do have a point here. I found a website that allows you to “become a bartender”http://www.bartend.com/. How is that possible, I guess overnight? It is quite humorous to read the part where you can “grade yourself.” You have got to be kidding me, now I think I have seen it all. Maybe you don’t care, maybe you think that it may be a great way to save the money you would spend on a bartending school. Here is my question, is this just a good starting point for a young wannabe bartender or do they take advantage of people who have had to learn by experience? Do they really think they can read about it and then apply it behind an actual bar?
How does one get started then? You have to be a part of the environment; you have to learn from watching, listening, making a horrible drink that gets thrown in your face by some drunken idiot. The bottom line is that it is not as easy as people may think. Contrary to the article I found about what to expect from an online bartending, NOT everyone can be a bartender.
I’m getting a little worked up; let me tell you about the positive article that I found. This next one brings a more entertaining aspect to bartending. It strays away from the idea that recipes and types of glasses and measurements is what bartending is. http://www.articlesbase.com/hotels-articles/does-flair-bartending-style-give-customer-satisfaction-152279.html
The only downfall of this article is that it compares flair bartending to, brace yourselves, Coyote Ugly. Don’t be scared I’m not referring to that dreadful movie with the main character’s father being John Goodman, I still see him as Dan Connor (from Rosanne). Now, I have been to a few Coyote Ugly bars, and I’ll tell you in case you haven’t had the experience…don’t go! Basically if you have been to Medieval Times, The Dixie Stampede or any dinner theatre you have already had the experience of Coyote Ugly, only you didn’t wait an hour for a drink and pay twice as much.
So, I’m not sure in the direction that I will take this new research in, but I think I definitely found a theme I could focus on.