Entries in Flair Bartending (29)

Monday
Jan122009

Flair 101 - Corona Lime Trick

This week's move is another "prop flair." The first time I saw this, I pooped my pants. If you do this really well, it can get a great response.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Monday
Jan052009

Flair 101 - Red Bull Suction Pour

This week's move is another addition to our "prop flair" arsenal.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Thursday
Dec182008

Flair 101 - Two Beer Bottle Open

In the next few weeks, we'll be focusing on prop flair - flair focusing on items in your bar other than a bottle/tin. Have fun with this one.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Thursday
Dec112008

This is Why I'm Hot

So, for shits and giggles, I've been posting a "Learn to Flair Bartend" video on YouTube about once a week since July. I never had any intention of really reaching a lot of people, I just needed a video-hosting platform so I could post training clips on ChrisTheBartender.

I'm kind of excited to be able to say that last week my 20 videos hit 50,000 views. As of today, I've got 56,000+ views and almost 150 subscribers. I'm nowhere near Numa Numa kid, Chocolate Rain, or even the sneezing panda, but it's cool to see nonetheless. And getting messages from people in Argentina, Thailand, and Denmark, knowing that I'm helping people learn how to add some pizzazz to their bartending, that just about warms my heart like a fine 18 year-old scotch on a cold Madison night.

Thanks for watching. Keep practicing and I'll keep posting. It's been pretty basic, but we're about to get crazy real soon.

Wednesday
Dec102008

Flair 101 - Building a Routine

This week we finally focus on learning how to put moves together to build a routine. There's no wrong way. Just practice, and find what works best for you.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Tuesday
Dec022008

Flair 101 - Inverse Across the Body

This week's move is a relatively easy one, a step down in difficulty from the moves we've been doing the last couple weeks. Get these basics down pat, however, because we will be putting them together to build routines very soon, and we'll be moving on to more difficult moves that assume you can do these basics with your eyes closed, in the dark, with one hand tied behind your back, on the surface of the moon.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Tuesday
Nov252008

Flair 101 - Double Flat Back to Front

This week's move is a fun one I use pretty regularly behind the bar. Practice with both hands separately before trying them together.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Monday
Nov172008

Flair 101 - Tin Catch on Bottle w/Lift-Off

This week's move will take some practice. If you're having a hard time getting the tin catch, simply place the tin as though you already caught it on the bottle, and move on to practicing the lift-off.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Tuesday
Nov112008

Flair 101 - Tomahawk Swipe Thru

This week's move is an add-on to last week's. Don't forget the all-important rules of flair.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Tuesday
Nov042008

Flair 101 - Around the Head Grip Change

This week's move is a pretty simple one, but it's a great transitional move, useful for combining moves as you work on building a routine.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.

7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!

Monday
Oct272008

Flair Bartending 101: Figure 8 Pour

This week's move is a fun one that takes little skill or hand/eye coordination once you understand and practice the maneuver. And, as promised, last week's move is a perfect add-on to the end of this week's move.
As usual, we start with our practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!

Monday
Oct202008

Flair Bartending 101: Tin Double Same Arm Behind Head

Here we go with a slightly difficult tin move. It's not incredibly flashy, but it's a great add-on to a move we will learn next week.
As usual, we start with our practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Monday
Oct132008

Flair Bartending 101: Push Down Pop Up

As usual, we start with our practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.

7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!

Tuesday
Sep092008

Flair Bartending 101: Swipe Thru Behind the Back Exchange

Week 11 and again we're focusing on another add-on to the Swipe Thru Circle we learned a few weeks back. As usual, we start with our practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Tuesday
Sep022008

Flair Bartending 101: Swipe Thru Add-On

Week 10 and we're focusing on a fun add-on to the Swipe Thru Circle we learned a few weeks back. As usual, we start with our practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Monday
Aug252008

Flair Bartending 101: Back of the Hand Cradle

It's week nine and today we're gonna learn a very simple beginner's move. Before we begin, let's go over the all-important practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Thursday
Aug142008

Flair 101 - Shadow Pass

I'm a little later than I wanted to be with this cuz I've been moving out of one apartment and into another all week. Notice the change of scenery in the video...
Week Eight and it's time for one of my favorite moves - it just feels good when you land it. Before we begin, let's go over the all-important practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Monday
Aug042008

Flair Bartending 101 - Tin Work

Week Seven and we're getting into some fun tin work that we'll use a lot and build on later. The all-important practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!

Monday
Jul282008

Flair 101 - Swipe Thru Circle

It's week six, and time to review the all-important practice guidelines.
Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Wednesday
Jul232008

It's time to flip!

Thanks to some prodding from a few folks who aim to be part of the next generation of competitive bartenders, CLASSES ARE IN SESSION.

If you live in the Madison area and are interested in learning to be flair bartender, now's the time. If you're a bartender, and you want to learn how to make more money and have more fun doing what you do, then sign up.

CLASSES START ON MONDAY, JULY 28TH.
Where: Madison's Downtown
When: Every Monday at 7pm.
Why: Cuz it's 2008, and it's time to flair.
How: In Mad Style.
What: Beginning to Intermediate Working Flair Bartending.

Classes will last at least an hour each Monday night and will be limited to 10 people so we can maximize one-on-one attention. The cost is $15/night, and are well worth it - if you feel you didn't learn anything new after any class, I will give you your money back. I will provide all the materials necessary during class and direct you to the right place if you want to buy practice bottles and tins of your own. We will be starting strictly with working flair - flair you can use immediately behind your bar. I like to think that any $$ you spend on classes, if followed properly, will be recouped very quickly behind your bar. In short, the classes should pay for themselves with the increased amount of tips you'll be making.

If you're interested in learning basic-to-intermediate flair bartending, post a comment on this message and leave me your phone # or email. Or email me at chris at barspecials dot com. I will make sure to contact you and get you ready to start flipping bottles and making $$$.