Huff Po Calls Out Cranky Bartenders – Yours Truly Steps Up

I started this blog as a goof, an outlet for a few pent-up frustrations, and for self-psychotherapy. I held no other expectations. The unexpected however, has a way of creeping up on your ass when you least expect it. Having a [public] social media presence has a way of attracting attention – sometimes wanted, other times – not so much. So it’s been with this blog as the year and a half has crept by.

On the good side, I’ve met all kinds of Hospitality blogger geeks and established some pretty cool relationships. I’ve had the good fortune of being contacted by, and participating in several articles, interviews, and now videos, from major and minor publications. It’s all good I guess.

So it was the other day when Huffington Post reached out to me. They highlighted an article from, “Confessions of  Bartender” and reached out to a few folks (myself included) to add a little colored commentary. The article is pretty well written and accurately conveys many issues and concerns I’ve mentioned previously.

Gotta love the InterToobs and Google Hangouts I must say.

The Pour Test

If you’ve read my other article on Pouring, you’ll know that I don’t get down with idiots that build their drinks in tin cups and have no damned clue how much they’re pouring (and wasting). Furthermore, an overwhelming number of bartenders don’t know what the fuck an “ounce and half is,” the predominant measure of 80 proof spirits that is contained in most mixed drinks (according to N.Y.S. at least).  It’s a damned shame.  If owners had even the slightest inkling as to how much money they are pissing away every single day, they’d fire every last bartender and manager.

Put in perspective, in a busy spot, it’s really, really easy to throw away a case of top-shelf booze every single day of the year.  Now you can look at it in terms of “cost of doing business” or actual dollar cost.  In reality, what owners are losing is far, far greater – that is: Lost Revenue.  Lost Revenue will actually be 4 – 7 times greater than Actual Cost.  Yikes!

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