Flair bartending! The term inspires so many things. Speed, juggling, balancing, chorography and even FIRE!! As absolutely awesome as flair bartending is, a lot of times I think we forget about the basics of flair. You are basically entertaining the guests. Whether it be a big group with lots of cash (and an 8 year old kid who becomes mesmerized anytime things are thrown into the air) 300 people in a big room grooving to your mad skills, or Kary Byron form Mythbusters chilling at your bar judging your martini’s (shameless shout out...sup Kary).
The first time I tried flair bartending it was an attack of tins, glass and liquor was everywhere. I am certainly not a world class flair bartender like Christian Delpech or Erin Connelly. I have a basic understanding of flair and love to be on stage and entertain my patrons. So if you have never tried it stop being scared and toss a tin, spin a bottle… hell break something! Cause trust me folks you are going to drop stuff and things will get broken. Mastering the art of “oops that one got away from me” is one of the most challenging obstacles of flair. Don’t sweat the crowd or the idiot going “nice move Tom cruise” and don’t sweat yourself. You are just having fun. It’s that simple behind the wood.
This is a common problem in the bartending world. Most bartenders don't realize that you don't want to muddle mint while making a mojito, or any other cocktail that requires mint leaves for that matter. Mint leaves only need a light press to release the oils to flavor the drink. When you muddle the mint it brings out a bitter taste that overpowers the natural mint flavor. So, the next time you make a mojito - go easy on the mint!
The simplest and generally the most rewarding way is to be so nice it is almost sickening. When you are all smiles and laughing but polite and guiding the customer has no real choice but to go with the flow. The best "cut offs" and walk outs start with just being honest and leaving no room for negotiation. Always know someone's name before you push them on the exit path. It gives you more credit with them and their friends and establishes you are not some jerk ending the fun you are just the guy or gal who is doing there job and being responsible.
For example: "Cameron buddy i think your time at our fine establishment is coming to an end(place laugh here)you have a ride home or should I call your parole officer....again?(hit up another laugh and grin and wait for the reply).