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[VIDEO] Make a Vodka Watermelon Keg

[VIDEO] Make a Vodka Watermelon Keg

This is an interesting new way to east vodka-flavored watermelon!

It takes a couple days to create and to let the vodka fully-infuse the watermelon. It is well-worth the wait. When you first tip the vodka bottles over, a majority of the vodka will stay in the bottle. When you let it sit, the vodka has time to penetrate into the watermelon.

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Bar Consulting & Staffing

Bar Consulting & Staffing

Local Bartending School knows how complicated owning a bar can be. That’s because it’s team has dozens of years in the industry. Our expertise will simplify your operations.

We can help your company with the following:

-Hiring proper staff/Job placement
-Reducing insurance premiums
-Developing company policies
-Enforcing a “comp policy”
-State of the art point of sale systems
-Using the right alcohols
-Getting your team trained and certified

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-In-person training
-Phone and Skype consultations

Package training and certification discounts are offered for bar owners from 20% off.

bar-photoBeing a bar owner can be fun and rewarding. By investing a small amount into training, you can maximize your return on investment. One consultation could make you an additional $2,000-5,000+ per month in profits. (Income disclaimer: Your income is based on how well you put our ideas into action.

We offer package deals as well as hourly consulting. You can choose to consult with either a bar owner, or nightclub owner both with incredibly valuable experience.

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How to Become a Bartender

How to Become a Bartender


So you want to become a bartender? Maybe you’ve heard about the solid money you can make or maybe you’re just passionate about liquor, but either way you’re next step is landing that first job. Breaking into the industry isn’t always easy, but it’s absolutely doable with a little knowledge and patience. Here’s a run-down of the things you’ll need to do to become a bartender.

  1. Know what it takes. If you like making cocktails at home, bartending may seem like an easy way to make serious money—but working in a bar takes a lot more than just cocktail mixing skills. Learn what a bartender actually does. You’ll need to be ready and able to put on the charm even when you don’t feel like it, deal calmly with drunk and disorderly customers, work odd hours, and multi-task like a beast, just to name a few.
  2. Learn the trade. Top bartending jobs are competitive, and you’ll need to know your stuff backwards and forwards. Bartending classes can be a great way to learn about both the world of liquor—from how to mix cocktails to the difference between an IPA and an APA—and about the less happy parts of bartending, like ID laws, how to tell if someone is intoxicated, and legal liabilities.
  3. Keep up to date. Don’t let your education stop with classes, though. Follow cocktail blogs, read books, talk to other bartenders, and generally keep your finger on the pulse of drink culture. It will help set you apart from the competition at those desirable bars, and help you move up from other positions faster.
  4. Get certified. Your employer, state, or city may require you to get a certification (different from a bartending course) before you can serve alcohol—the most commonly required ones are TIPS and ServeSafe. Do some research about what you need in your area. There’s usually a grace period to get the certification after you start working, but at least knowing what you need will help you seem professional and prepared in interviews.
  5. Job interview skills! Just like with any other job, practice good job interview skills as you apply places. From your employer’s perspective, your ultimate job as a bartender is to increase sales—so be professional, charming, and get a sense of the customers, specialties, and overall vibe of each place you apply. All those things will help convince them you’ll be able to get customers buying.
  6. Work your connections. It’s much, much easier to get your first job in any industry if you know someone. Don’t be afraid to let anyone you know in the restaurant or bar industry know you’re looking to get your foot in the door—even a mild personal recommendation may be the thing that sets you apart from the stack of resumes.
  7. Be willing to start small. Most bars hire from within, and that means that bartending course or not, you’re probably going to have to start small. That could mean taking a job as a bar back or server, working at a less-than-ideal place, or taking the less lucrative daytime or event gigs—whatever it is, think of it as a stepping stone as you work your way up. With some patience, hard work, and knowledge, you’ll soon move up the ladder to the bartending job of your dreams.stacked glasses

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  • Showing Some Flair at the Barstylez World Final

    Showing Some Flair at the Barstylez World Final

    Barstylez, a bartending school in Singapore, held its “World Bartending Championship” about a month ago. What are they judging, you ask? Who makes the best Old Fashioned or invented the tastiest new cocktail this year? Not quite.

    Check out champion Luca Valentin, from Romania. He may look like he’s more of a juggler than a bartender, but it’s actually a whole style called “flair bartending” (you can find lots of how-tos on Youtube.) Any bartender knows that being a good bartender is as much about your personality and presentation as it is about mixing good drinks. These guys just take that a step further.

    If most of us tried this we’d just end up with a lot of broken bottles and impatient customers—but there’s no denying it’s an impressive trick that probably gets a lot of tips if you use it with some restraint. Is there anything from Valentin’s routine you’d consider toning down and using yourself? How do you try to keep your presentation fresh and fun?

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    State-by-State Requirements to Be a Bartender in New England

    State-by-State Requirements to Be a Bartender in New England

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    Bar owners like to stay in business, and staying in business means making sure you’re following local liquor laws and protecting yourself from being sued if someone has an accident after drinking at your business. Some states require, and other states recommend, certifications for anyone who serves alcohol to help with that. The courses usually take 2-6 hours to do, and go over things like how to tell when someone’s intoxicated, how and when to cut someone off, and how to diffuse tense situations. Here’s a breakdown of what laws apply where in New England, and what certifications you can get to comply with them and get serving.


    Connecticut state flag
    Connecticut state flag

    Connecticut is pretty easy—they don’t have any legally required server training. Your employer may still want you to get some kind of training for their insurance, though. Talk to potential employers about what course they want you to have, or go with a widely recognized option like T.I.P.S. or ServSafe.


    Maine state flag
    Maine state flag

    You’re required to have a certification to tend bar in Maine, but they’re pretty flexible about where you get it from. You can take a look at a list of accredited courses here—it includes commonly available courses like T.I.P.S. and ServeSafe. While it does accept a lot of certifications, Maine may not accept the online versions of them, so it’s worth looking up an upcoming in-person training in your area.


    Massachusetts state flag
    Massachusetts state flag

    Massachusetts doesn’t require you to have a certification, but does require your employer to have liability insurance… which usually requires you to have a certification. What programs will work depends on your employer’s insurance, but some of the most commonly accepted are T.I.P.S., ServSafe, and T.A.M. All of them can be taken online or in a class—you can look up upcoming class times and locations on their websites.

    New Hampshire

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    New Hampshire state flag

    Servers don’t need any special training in New Hampshire (owners and managers do, though—they need to take a state-run certification called MTS.) It’s still possible that a bar owner may want you to take a course for their insurance, but like in Massachusetts, what they accept will depend on the insurance.

    Rhode Island

    Rhode Island state flag
    Rhode Island state flag

    Rhode Island requires servers to have a certification, and like Maine, it accepts a lot of widely available courses. The bad news is their website listing what courses are approved it currently being updated, so there’s no published list of what certifications they’ll accept. T.I.P.S., ServSafe, S.M.A.R.T., and A.S.A.P. have all been accepted in the past, though, so you should be safe with one of them.


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    Vermont state flag

    Vermont is the strictest state in New England as far as certification—you need to take a special course offered by the state. You can take it for free online, for $25 as a seminar, or your employer may offer it in-house. You can register for it through Vermont’s liquor control board website.

    You may notice when you look at these that (except for Vermont) T.I.P.S. will either meet the state requirement or meet most bar owners’ insurance needs. You can usually take it after you start working somewhere, but it doesn’t hurt to get it ahead of time, either. Local Bartending offers T.I.P.S. training online or in a class to help you get started on your bartending career—legally, responsibly, and safely.

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