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Breweries Are Not A Playpen, Stop Bringing Your Kids

Though I haven’t been drinking for long, I’ve come to know a thing or two about bars and breweries. One thing everyone accepts is that you must be 21 or older to enter. Unless you’re a child, that is.

Look, I get that this might come off as arrogant or exclusionary, but with breweries on the rise in the last few years, it’s becoming a little ridiculous when every time I go to one I’m invariably met with a toddler scurrying about my feet or a toy patiently waiting for someone to step on it.

These instances aren’t rare. “I walked into a brewery with a group of 10 to 12 children running around outside, with waiters dodging them. It was like daddy day care out there. It looked like lazy parenting,” said Foodbeast Managing Editor, Reach Guinto.

Kids get me and I get them, I know they just want to eat and play. Who the hell doesn’t want that everyday? But look kid, I just worked eight hours and half of that pay is going to bills and the other half is going right down my throat with these few flights of beers.

I walk into a brewery with the mindset of shooting the shit with some friends and casually getting day drunk and hoping nobody notices.

Now I’m not saying to ban babies from breweries — the alliteration is nice, sure — but that’s a terrible sentiment. However, there should be some rule or guideline that a parent should consider when visiting a local brewery.

I get that a babysitter will cost a dumb amount for a few hours and as a parent you need some time to chill out with friends and have a beer and go out sometimes. That’s perfectly fine. But after a certain hour there’s a time when a brewery becomes bar-like and a baby’s presence seems, for lack of a better term, weird.

I’m not the only one that shares this sentiment.


Around 7pm is right when a brewery takes on the vibe of a bar, that’s the beauty of a brewery. It’s the feeling of having drinks and being social but not having to pay $30 for two cocktails and hear, for the millionth time, how terrible our political climate is.

Although a fair point to bring up by parents is that it’s a great way to introduce children to casual drinking at an early age, I hardly doubt that little Tommy is going to grow up a better person because you brought him to a brewery. Kids don’t care where they are, they aren’t socially aware of what is going on. You could be drinking turpentine for all they care.

The general climate around children at a brewery isn’t hostile in the least bit. Most people will try to ignore the child or even play with them, it’s a mixed bag when it comes to these crowds. But generally speaking, people find drinking and smoking a little less enjoyable while a child is present, and for good reason.

A normal patron won’t say anything negative about the children there, that’s why it’s up to the establishments to figure out the best way to go about this minor dilemma.

This problem could be solved relatively easily. There’s no doubt that there are some breweries that have a vibe children can play and relax at, then there are some that aren’t so flexible.

Take Golden Road Brewing in Anaheim, CA for example, a perfect place to bring a kid right after a game at Angel’s Stadium. They’ve got cornhole, a great outdoor play area for kids, and an awesome menu that caters to children.

But Ballast Point at night? With the condensed crowds overlooking the ocean, a very specific menu, and no play area, that kid might end up in the ocean.

If these two breweries advertised some sort of “children’s hours,” or something that would more outwardly show how equipped they are to handle the toddler crowd, then us thirsty patrons can plan ahead. Maybe take it easy in the afternoon at Golden Road, play some cornhole, then head to Ballast Point and forget everything we came with.

Drinking is a simple thing really, but it’s also sacred. Any disturbance in the force is felt with great magnitude.

It’s 7pm, hide yo kids and lemme drink.

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Alcohol Video

Watch These Bartenders Try To Guess Who’s Under Age

Every day, bartenders are faced with the difficult challenge of determining whether some of their patrons are older than the legal drinking age.

In one of WatchCut’s latest videos, a group of bartenders are tasked with determining whether a pool of people are either above or below the drinking age. The variety of experts include ones with weeks, years, and even decades of experience working behind the bar.

What’s scary is that the majority of their guesses were incorrect, though they do point out some pretty clever tells to help them determine age. Of course, all these educated guesses are done without the help of identification cards.

Check out the video above and see if you can guess who’s older or younger than the legal drinking age.

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11 Subtle Things Bartenders Do To Get Us To Tip More

Bartenders—those creative directors of fun, guidance counselors of the downward spiral, patron saints of the broken—they know what they’re doing. They’ve seen your type, no matter who you are, as recently as the night before and as long ago as last weekend. They’ve been through it all, so they know what to do, whether grandiose or subtle, to pick up better tips for the evening.

They flip bottles

[Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail]

[Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail]

Nobody ever stops loving magic; they just may stop loving magicians (for whatever insanely misguided reason). That’s honestly why we as adults all started going to Benihana on our lunch breaks to clap like Midwestern seals. We love tricks. So when someone gets a few in us, we’re ready to cheer on anything. But coat our insides with hooch and then start doing close-up magic with the exact thing that gave us our buzz? Oh my god, shut up and take my money!

They recommend drinks

[Joe Nieves as Carl MacLaren on How I Met Your Mother]

[Joe Nieves as Carl MacLaren on How I Met Your Mother]

Knowing what the locals drink is one thing, but guessing what a stranger might want in their gullet is some SAT shit. With a few questions, bartenders can nail down the craving rumbling inside you that you’ve never been able to put into words. Hell, they’re practically soothsayers in that regard. Asking if someone likes their cocktails sweet, sour, smoky, or spicy gets that boozehound into totally new territory. Give them a drink that’s a better version of their go-to and they consider the bartender as clergy.

They flirt

[Ted Danson as Sam Malone on Cheers]

[Ted Danson as Sam Malone on Cheers]

Getting annihilated by pick-up lines, courtesy of a behind-the-counter firing squad, is not always a grand idea. Actually, it’s pretty bad for business and could swiftly lose a bad bartender tips. But a good bartender knows the games, understands the rules, and probably invented half the moves any of us use anyway. Friendly conversation goes a long way, but drop a line that hangs on the boozer’s ear and he or she could mull it over all night. Was the bartender hitting on me… or do I legitimately look nice tonight? Good luck with that philosophy project as you tip your entire goddamn bank account.

They listen and give advice

[Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation]

[Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation]

It may be the oldest cliché still kicking in the corner of taverns, but it’s true. Bartenders play gurus with wild (sometimes heartbreaking or disgusting) stories instead of fables. They’ve seen it all, heard about it all, or lived through it all themselves. Besides, they don’t know you, so they aren’t picking sides or playing favorites. They’re telling you how it is. So they may ask a few light personal questions just to get their two cents in and then see a mighty return.

They give away drinks

[Leonid Kinskey as Sascha in Casablanca]

[Leonid Kinskey as Sascha in Casablanca]

Is there a faster way to make friends than supplying drinks at no cost? The rule is to tip what you had, not what you’re paying for. That way, giving away some goods works out to some great news on the other side of the counter. I never read Dale Carnegie’s How to Make Friends and Influence People, but I assume every page just read, “Give away booze. Duh.”

They drink with you

[Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark]

[Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark]

A free drink always tastes better when it’s with the bartender. You feel either like you’re at some house party or your friend’s hooking you up at their place of business. The phrase “let’s do a shot” is instantaneous friendship. You could bond with the scum of the earth if there are shots to be had, because what’s more universally we’re-in-this-together than a shot? Well, maybe death… I mean, we all die… but, sorry, slipping down the rabbit hole here and it is dark.

They tell you the truth

[David Eigenberg as Steve Brady on Sex and the City]

[David Eigenberg as Steve Brady on Sex and the City]

Bartending is like walking a dozen tight ropes. Those drink-slingers have to be friendly but stern, generous but fair, charming but professional. But there’s a certain species of bartender that finds none of these balancing acts a challenge. They were born to tend bar. They’ll tell you what’s overpriced to earn a trustworthy credit. They may be selling you drinks, but they act like they don’t care if you’re buying. They’re your friend from the instant they pull you up to see the truth, and then you tend to think of them as rescuers who deserve a reward.

They make you feel like a regular

[Moe Szyslak, as voiced by Hank Azaria, in The Simpsons]

[Moe Szyslak, voiced by Hank Azaria, on The Simpsons]

The bartender doesn’t have to know everyone’s name or put out the welcoming mat like the pub’s a home away from home to get the local treatment. Any detail of memory counts like shelter in a storm. Asking, ”You’re the one who drinks lemon vodka after a bad day at work, yeah?” could straight up spin someone’s night in the opposite direction. Even just naming a drink they had once makes a guest feel memorable. That’s half a bartender’s job. Beyond serving up swill, they’re good at making people feel like they’re among the good folk.

They act like more of a mess than you

[Jake Johnson as Nick Miller on New Girl]

[Jake Johnson as Nick Miller on New Girl]

Half the reason people are at a bar in the first place is because something terrible has happened and they’re on the prowl for a better horizonif only for an evening—or everything is always going terrible and they’re just self-medicating to keep the demons at bay. Either way, it helps when the bartender plays up, or damn, maybe truthfully confesses, what’s going wrong in their world (without sounding like downer one-upper). It makes the guest feel better without ever becoming the dreaded charity case at a pity party, and that’s certainly worth a buck.

They scare the hell out of you

[Ian McShane as Al Swearengen on Deadwood]

[Ian McShane as Al Swearengen on Deadwood]

There are some bartenders who give you a look that says, “Either that tip goes up or the body count does.” You can’t even explain why you’re terrified of them when all they did was hand you things you ordered, but it’s dark out there and your car’s down the road and you don’t know what kind of company the bar keeps, so… pay the ransom. Don’t ask questions. Just live your life (for one more day).

They have the best time

[Ted Lange as Isaac Washington on The Love Boat]

[Ted Lange as Isaac Washington on The Love Boat]

A good vibe is infectious. It struts through your body as if funk music can reverberate through muscle tissue. Bartenders have to put up with some pretty goddamn screwball drunks, so they aren’t always in the best mood. Also, some of them are honestly just straight up dicks. So when one comes along who is having the grandest of times, it’s like attending a circus that serves you tequila. You came to have fun, they’re already having some, and pretty soon it’s like you’re at a Benihana. BOOM.

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The Infamous Cantina From Star Wars Is Opening In Hollywood

Scum-Villainy-Cantina

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Not only do we get a new movie every year, but restaurants are also drawing inspiration from the franchise and opening up spots like the iconic Cantina in the real world.

The famous Mos Eisley Cantina was first seen in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeLaist reports that a pop-up called the Scum & Villainy Cantina will open its doors, not on Tattooine, but in Los Angeles, California.

Scum & Villainy’s website describes the location as “a fully immersive environment where you drink, eat, and hang out as if you were in a galaxy far away.”

Costumes are encouraged.

While the actual location remains a secret for the time being, the Hollywood zip code 90028 gives patrons an idea of where this space opera-themed restaurant will ‘pop up’.

You can keep checking the website or Facebook page for an official announcement on reservations and exact location.

Cover Photo: Star Wars: A New Hope

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These 4 Types Of Bartenders Are Awful And Completely Ruining Our Favorite Bars

Bartenders tend to be cool, charismatic people with an ingrained air of stoicism. Naturally, this makes us drawn to them even more than we already are, knowing that they’re the only thing standing in between us and the booze. Unfortunately, not all bartenders are worth getting to know and there are four major types plaguing our favorite watering holes with these offenses:

 

The One Serving Underage Drinkers

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No one really wants to be at a bar with 19-year-olds, but people are also uniformly disapproving of criminals. If these jokers get caught, the bar could be the one footing the tab and for many dive bars, they literally can’t afford to pay the fine. Did we mention that we’re not trying to be at a bar filled with 19-year-olds?

 

The One Encouraging Binge Drinkers

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Not all bartenders are goading alcoholics on, displaying shot records boasting 56 drinks in one night, and being convicted of manslaughter (looking at you, France), but there are plenty who can push another drink on you and sleep well that night. Most barkeeps don’t want to deal with wasted customers, but the bottom of the barrel drink-slingers love running up a tab.

 

The One That’s Serving You Dirty Glasses

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These bartenders are a little more stealthy because we can’t always see exactly what happens behind the bar. They might only be using their bare hands to scoop ice or they could have a relaxed policy about washing glassware and cocktail shakers, but, either way, you’re getting something extra in your drink. Point is, you want to steer clear of any bartender that’s one dirty glass away from a Bar Rescue.

 

The Ones Ignoring Basic Science

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A couple of bartenders were arrested in Washington state a few years ago for performing fire-breathing tricks. They apparently did it for years before local authorities caught on. Sure, there are oodles of shots and desserts that utilize fire for a shock-and-awe effect, but blowing streams of fire into the air while surrounded by alcohol just reeks of a bad idea. Speaking of things going up in smoke, don’t let a bartender convince you to take a shot infused with liquid nitrogen until it’s done smoking. A British woman recently learned this the hard way and perforated her stomach on her 18th birthday. The bottom line is that a good bartender shouldn’t have to act like they’re the offspring of Khaleesi to serve you a solid drink.

 

Welcome to adulthood?

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Meet The Magical Sisters Behind Las Vegas’s Coolest Bar

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Recently, we got to see the Dylag sisters, Christina and Pamela, in action at Further Future Fest. Their art’s district bar Velveteen Rabbit is nestled beyond the strip in sinful Las Vegas and it’s the kind of rung of hell you wouldn’t mind vacationing in. No noisy TVs or kitschy beer logos on the taps, just fresh ingredients, delicious cocktails, and a little bit of magic.

Sit for a spell and learn more about this quaint bar. It might just bewitch you.

FB: Velveteen Rabbit has been open for about three years, but it took two years to open. What made you decide to open a bar in your hometown and why were you so dedicated to its creation?

VR: We wanted to do something unique for Las Vegas. A different culture was emerging when we came up with the idea, and we wanted to contribute to it. A main goal was to develop a space that could showcase art, music, and good booze, and we were wholly dedicated to seeing that through.

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Photo: Deed DeBruno

FB: There’s an undeniable witchy/wiccan theme to the bar. Are you witches? How did you land on this aesthetic?

VR: One of us identifies as a witch, and the other doesn’t. The former is pretty shy about her otherworldly nature, so she tries to keep it on the hush hush.

FB: As sisters, is it difficult to mix work and family? How do you go about solving disagreements? Do you have separate roles or do you share all responsibilities equally?

VR: In solving disagreements, we usually settle on a dance battle or throw spaghetti at one another until someone concedes. It’s weird but it works!

FB: What do you like most about the Arts District?

VR: The Arts District specifically attracts a lot of people who have an interest in art and anything relating to it; due to its nature, new businesses have opened that cater to a more culturally-minded clientele. It’s nice to be a part of a tight-knit community like ours.

FB: Did you meet any push-back from other bars when you opened or has the community been generally welcoming?

VR: Some people didn’t think we knew what we were doing. I guess we didn’t! We had never managed or owned a bar before…Christina had never bartended. It was a sort of trial-and-error experiment, but we’re still alive and kicking, so we must have figured out a few things, three years later.

FB: Beyond the Arts District, would you say that the Vegas bar scene is a bit of a boy’s club? Why do you think Velveteen Rabbit is thriving in this environment?

VR: It’s a male-dominated sphere for the most part, but kickass women continue to thrive regardless; Mariena Mercer, Rose Signor, Jolene Mannina, Nina Manchev… to name a few. It’s not for the faint of heart, but women make a huge impact.

FB: What’s your favorite drink (that you’ve created or in general)?

VR: Anything mezcal. Pretty sure we’re 70 percent distilled agave nectar at this point.

Update: Photo credit changed to proper source.

 

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Foodbeast And GQ Got Wasted Trying To Find The Best Bars In DC

Fact: getting drunk is awesome. I’m not going to stand on ceremony here and become another mundane warning label in this ever-growing, politically correct diaper of a society we’ve become. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, chances are your circumstances could vastly improve (in terms of fun, not productivity) if you knew the right place to get hammered at.

So today, we’re dissecting Washington, D.C. The capital of the United States. The House of Cards and House of Bars. A recent list-topper for the largest consumer of wine per capita. Furthermore, the city of politics is one of the top 5 consumers of spirits, also per capita.

Rudy and Elie, got the chance to live out that American dream: getting shit-housed on their travel booze show, “Where’s The Bar?” . The two teamed up with GQ to find the best bars in Logan Circle in D.C., however they only remembered the first three. Thankfully, they somehow managed to take diligent notes while drunkenly dancing in the streets of D.C.

Perhaps there’s more to the correlation between inebriation and productivity than I previously imagined…

#1 The Jefferson Hotel

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The Jefferson Hotel is a swanky, upscale hotel that houses some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics. While posh and elegant, Quill Bar will still fuck yo shit up, in a good, fancy and dignified way.

Why This Bar?

On their tour of bars in the city, Rulie (Rudy + Elie) thought it best to start at Quill. The upscale and swanky nature of this cocktail bar was essential in making sure they didn’t get too fucked up too fast. Translation: Quill is a great place to visit as a starting point for any night you plan on having, whether it’s a business meeting with a future employer or a jumping off point for your buddy Keith’s bachelor party.

Drink: The Lord Monti

This shaken cocktail served in a Martini glass is the type of drink that combines ingredients that make you take a step back and go, “Wait, the fuck? Seriously?” With a blend of Dewar’s Scotch, chocolate maple spiced syrup, Averna, egg whites and chocolate bitters, this is the type of drink will make you think back fondly on your warmest Christmas.

#2 Lincoln

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While a little more modern and a little less ritzy, the Lincoln Bar will provide a more friendly and open environment. While Quill emphasizes connecting within your inner circle, the Lincoln Bar is much more conducive to drinking and socializing with others. At this point, Rulie is starting to get pretty tipsy, so a quality low-key socializing bar is a good place for round two.

Why This Bar?

Their master mixologist and creator of the “these drinks are so fire that I’m just waiting to hear their mixtape” menu is highly accomplished, and has a particularly special touch when making spicy drinks. If you like Bloody Mary’s, then I highly suggest you stop here, since it’s the home of the world famous and aptly named…

The Drink: Bloody Mary Todd

For those of you who were too busy feeding your Tamagotchis during history class, Mary Todd was the former First Lady and wife of 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The Bloody Mary Todd gets its solid reputation from its main and most important ingredient, the cherry tomato-infused vodka. The drink is also garnished with celery, onions and roasted red peppers. So if you were looking for a salad-y drink, well…there you go.

#3 Compass Rose

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Dude. This place is TOO dope. While considered a restaurant first and foremost, this quaint and cozy home-turned-restaurant was a perfect third stop for Rulie. By this time, the booze was starting to turn them into monsters, so suffocating any internal alcoholic uprisings with Compass Rose’s armory of multicultural snacks and meals was essential to keeping all the other people in D.C. safe from these animals.

Why This Bar?

This warm little house was supplanted by a restaurant and bar yet maintained the feeling of a home, making it feel more welcoming than any other place Rulie visited. Their menu boasts a wide variety of shit you’ve never heard, but after trying once, you’ll damn sure never forget. Try their khachapuri, a Georgian bread dish shaped like a gondola and filled with cheese. It makes Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bread look like breadsticks with gonorrhea.

The Drink: The Compass Rose

The drink, named in unison with the restaurant, is made of Georgian sparkling wine and pomegranate liqueur, all mixed in with rose water to give it that robust chlorophyll taste that people so desire. On top of being fun and delicious, the Compass Rose is one of those drinks that almost looks to pretty to drink. Of course, Rulie DGAFs about things like that and chugged them anyways.

#4 Bar Pilar

Bar Pilar

Despite the fact that this bar is named after Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea, this bar manages to be way more exciting. I know that doesn’t say much, since TOMATS is a very boring and nerdy book, but Bar Pilar managed to take the best parts of the story and make a bar out of it. Besides, how many boring bars do you know anyways?

Why This Bar?

If you’re a fan of either nautical themes or Hemingway things, then this is the bar for you. Adorned with a ton of cool ocean-related shit (that Rulie probably knocked off the walls), Bar Pilar has a tendency to get a bit loud, although all for the right reasons. It’s loud and fun, the drinks are strong, and Rudy ripped his jeans. It’s exactly the kind of bar we’d all love and Hemingway would hate.

The Drink: The Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri, more commonly referred to everywhere else as the “Papa Doble”, consists of rum (Hemingway’s fave), lime, grapefruit and maraschino, the liqueur made from the small, semi-bitter cherries. Hemingway would hate this too, but we love it and he’s dead, so we win.

#5 Stoney’s

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You know that bar you and all your coworkers go to after one of those really long, shitty days at work? Where all you wanna do is drink some beer, eat some hot wings and talk about how jealous you are of Rulie for getting to get drunk in D.C. during the day on a Wednesday? Then Stoney’s is the place for you. Even the bar’s logo screams, “I just got off of work and hate everything, beer me.”

Why This Bar?

Stoney’s has had a longstanding love affair with the city of D.C. This bar is home to many of our nations legends, most notably a certain journalist (who both fears and loathes things) named Hunter S. Thompson. On top of its short but vivid history, Stoney’s is the bar on the list with the rowdiest crowd most hellbent on having fun. Almost to the point of feeling forced, but not quite there, Stoney’s is the perfect last hurrah on your mission to get wasted. Rulie doesn’t remember shit about this bar, except that they ate a lot of wings.

The Drink: Err’thang

At this point, you don’t really give a shit what you’re drinking, as long as you’re drinking. That kind of vibe is what Stoney’s goes for. There aren’t really any fancy or pretentious drinks here, and that’s the way they like it. This is the kind of place where you say “fuck it” and just order a bunch of Budweisers and a round of Fireball. There are no bars after this, just go home. It’s time.

Honorable Mention: Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate, while a very popular name for French-American cafes, stands alone in the sea of the Le Diplomates in America. This is the sort of restaurant and bar that makes visitors say “damn, this reminds me of home.” Assuming, of course, that your home is in Paris, France. With the type of setting that pairs well with any occasion or any meal of the day, Le Diplomate brings that French fire to an otherwise all-American corner of D.C.

Why This Bar?

Le Diplomate’s interior alone would be worth the trip. With the walls covered in French antiques and art, customers could spend hours and hours (ok maybe just one hour) perusing the entirety of the restaurant. While primarily known for its food, the cocktail program is “phenomenal” according to one Le Diplomate bartender. Based on how drunk Rulie got, she’s not wrong.

The Drink: Libation Without Representation

This drink was so bomby that Elie looked up and said, “Oh, that’s fantastic,” before swallowing it whole like the whale swallowed Jonah, or if you prefer a more modern comparison, it’s like how (insert porn star) swallowed (insert male porn star). Either way, he was very much into it. Using apple and cherry infused Bombay Sapphire and garnished with a cucumber slice carved to look like a tiny American flag, this might be one of the most patriotic drinks you could order in this country, despite being served up in a French cafe.

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10 Tips For Perfecting Your Holiday Bar

The bar at a holiday party is like a bedroom in an episode of MTV Cribs—it’s where the magic happens. The rest of the venue, to be honest, is more or less unimportant.

So what if you didn’t hang up any tinsel, or you forgot to pick up a spruce at the tree farm? Maybe you didn’t grab enough Doritos? Or maybe you’ve lent all your chairs and convertible sofa to your buddy who wanted to build a human-sized beaver dam, and as a result don’t have anywhere to seat your guests—no biggie. As long as you master the bar area, your holiday bash is guaranteed to be killer. Think you can do that?

Of course not! That’s why you’re here reading this right now (or you misread the headline’s ‘Bar’ for Bra). Don’t worry, we’ve got just what the doctor ordered. Here are ten easy tips for setting up a stellar holiday bar, brah:

Use Hat Toppers to Turn Bottles (and everything else) into Lil’ Santas

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Everything becomes instantly festive when wearing a cute little Santa hat, and we mean everything. This was actually proven by science a couple years ago. You got some bottles? Top ‘em. Empty bottles? Top ‘em. Mounted animal heads? Top ‘em.

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Serve Grown Up Apple Cider

It goes without saying that the best part of any bar is the drinks which are born from it. We’ve got you covered with a brand-spankin’-new holiday cocktail recipe: the “Apple-Spiced Stoli Mule.” Feelin’ all warm and fuzzy already.

Bust Out Funny Holiday Napkins

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The only con to offering your guests humorous holiday napkins is that they won’t actually want to use them—they’ll want to pocket and frame them in an elaborate scrapbook solely dedicated to how awesome your party was.

Step Up Your Ice Game

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It’s time to shape up that ice, ice, baby—cubes are for noobs, and yes, I do miss 2005. Pick up some crazy/seasonal ice molds to add a touch of cool to your signature drinks. Bonus tip: add food coloring to coordinate with cocktail colors.

Give ‘Em the Red-Nosed

We lied—we’re actually giving you two holiday cocktail formulas out of the goodness of our hearts (and also, we figured you probably need all the help you can get). Glow up with this Rudolph-inspired recipe.

Get to Know Your Cocktail Herbs and Spices

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Most people treat garnishes like some kind of magic pixie dust that makes their Instagram picture look better, which is not only wrong—it’s an abomination. Make sure you really know what’s up with herbs and spices when it comes to what flavors they’ll pair well with, especially holiday-centric ones like cinnamon, vanilla bean, and ginger.

Hang Stockings Full of “Good Cheer”

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Let’s be honest, booze is what we really want in our stockings, right? Hang a couple of these behind the bar for a quick way to fill cups. You can even label them by the type of spirit (ie: “VODKA”).

Keep Up Spirits with Holiday Drinking Games

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Either team up with your crew to dream up some crazy holiday-inspired drinking games, or look to the web for ideas. When in doubt, there’s always spin the bottle (insert wink).

Pump Up the Jams with a Holiday Playlist

Your friends should be drinking, singing, and dancing at this shindig, so keep a steady stream of holiday jingles on at all times to keep things merry. REPEAT: AT. ALL. TIMES.

Red Cup Party Lights

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Glow up and string up these easy DIY red cup lights, because there’s just something about a red cup that screams “Let’s paaaaartaaaayyyy.”

List created in partnership with Stoli Premium Vodka