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The flair movement peaked in the nineties, but even today it hasn’t disappeared. It merely retreated to the fringes, where it is still practiced by a dedicated few.
At its flashiest, flair borrows from the juggling playbook, subbing glass bottles for clubs and balls. Flips, “stalls”, rolls, and midair captures are the staple moves. “Does Jordan really need to stick his tongue out and spread his legs while doing a slam?” asks Tobin Ellis, who helped found the FBA in 1997. “Of course not. It’s just his style. Flair has an impact on morale, energy, and it courts a crowd reaction.”
“It’s not cool to like flair anymore, but I’ve never met a passionate bartender who doesn’t do it,” Ellis adds. “At some point it starts to happen naturally. You see people trying to figure out how to stir four cocktails at once, or hold two or three jiggers in one hand. It becomes a question of efficiency mixed with a little bit of style.”
What is Flair Bartending?
Flair bartending is the practice of bartenders entertaining guests, clientele or audiences with the manipulation of bar tools and liquor bottles in tricky, dazzling ways.
Used occasionally in cocktail bars, the action requires skills commonly associated with jugglers.
Why Learn Flair?
It has become a sought-after talent among venue owners and marketers to help advertise a liquor product or the opening of a bar establishment. Such skills look fantastic on a bartender’s resume. Flair also can help a bartender earn extra tip money.
What Flair Options Does LBS Offer?
Local Bartending School offers a flair bartending course. The lesson can be purchased as an add-on or ala carte.