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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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Beer Feel Good Hit-Or-Miss Toasty

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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Opinion Tastemade/Snapchat

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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Features Nightlife

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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Health

New Law Requires California Bartenders to Wear Gloves on the Job

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If appears that California’s unpopular new law requiring culinary workers to wear gloves when handling food will also apply to those behind the bar. Bartenders must now wear gloves or utensils like tweezers when touching ingredients such as herbs, olives, lemon wedges and ice cubes.

Unfortunately, as in the case with chefs in the kitchen, many bartenders may find this new law both tedious and limiting. “I’m always touching any kind of herbs from my garden, touching persimmons to feel for their plumpness or softness,” bartender Matthew Biancaniello told the LA Times. “But the gloves thing, even when I go to buffets and see it, I flinch a little and think ‘hospital.'”

To ease the blow, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that the law will see a “soft roll-out” these next six months to a year. During this period, food handlers will not be penalized by point deductions when not using gloves but will receive a warning instead.

Still, seeing my bartender garnish my old fashioned with a pair of latex gloves might bug me out just a little.

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