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What is it?

Flair bartending is basically the art and skill of entertaining your clientele or audience with the juggling and manipulation of your bar tools in dazzling ways.

How to do Flair Bartending

Flair bartending is not all about the juggling of the bottles, some ice trick which is the definition of flair bartending in the strictest sense, but generally, it is just anything that can create an extra excitement and dazzle to your clientele’s drinking experience. You can do a simple juggling trick or a rather funny story or joke. If possible to use both, then use them.

How did Flair Become Famous?

Flair hit the mainstream after appearances in the 1988 film Cocktail starring Tom Cruise.

Perhaps, the flair scene exploded, even more, when it appeared in the iconic 2000 movie, Coyote Ugly.

The Largest Flair Bartending Competitions

Roadhouse World Flair – an annual competition in central London, UK

Legends of Bartending – Perhaps one of the most publicized events. Many videos on YouTube of this event helped promote flair. This event is in Las Vegas and has now been discontinued.

Quest – Quest is the oldest major flair competition in the world. It takes place in Orlando, but unfortunately, it has also been canceled.

Skyy Global Flair Challenge in 14 different countries including China, UK, Canada, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, etc. – discontinued

Hard Rock Cafe has conducted a global “BARocker working flair competition”since 2013.

Flair or freestyle bartending can be categorized into styles: the working flair and the competition flair. The biggest difference between these two is the amount of risk and complication of tricks used, making the competition flair the most risk and more complicated than the working flair.

How is Flair Performed at Competitions?

This is all about the performance. Competition flair is borderline choreography. It requires hours of rehearsal.

Flair competition contestants number their bottles and have them positioned accordingly for tricks. Every second of the performance matters. Practicing the timing is crucial.

When it comes to flair competition, there is room for freedom.

At a competition, a contestant can perform tricks that can’t be done behind the counter at work. Take 4 minutes to make a drink at a busy bar and you will create a line. In a competition, spilling is a no-go zone.

The reason for all this flair is to achieve some money, recognition (those viral YouTube videos), better bartending gigs, and prizes just to mention a few.

If you doing your flair for this purpose, practice, and practice until you achieve perfection.

How Flair Bartending Can be Performed in a Bar?

This kind of flair requires a bartender to efficiently mix drinks while impressing a guest. The critical rule for flair behind the bar is to not use tricks that drastically slow down service.

The worst thing that can happen during flair on the job is spillage. Patrons will enjoy the entertainment, but will not be impressed about losing alcohol for it. The whole point of the working flair is to add value to your guests. Flair is for impressing.

Flair will increase a bartender’s interaction with quests nothing.

An exciting performance will be called for higher-paying gigs and even work at more glamorous bars. In specific hot nightclubs in rather very competitive markets such as Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, the over-the-top flair can be extremely useful.

Learning Flair Bartending

When it comes to flair tricks, you can either take a course or learn while on the job.

Classes are a good way to go especially if you want to learn how to be over an top bottle flipper. Hence, having a pro show you will help you get the tricks correctly and reduce the mistakes and the certificate will be useful if you want to work in a music-over-talking bar.

Schools that Teach Flair Bartending

Local Bartending School – Locations Nationwide

Alternative Flair Bartending

The whole bedazzle of bottle flipping and flames can be a spectacle, there is an alternative that is entertaining and does deserve a recognition,” the bartender with the entertaining word.”

Customers do not only go to watch the juggling but also to interact socially. The most memorable bartender is the one that shares the best jokes and stories, listens and also provides useful info and trivia and charming thee customers all through the night. This kind of flair will always bring in the big tips home. It is all about the exchange of many words with the dollars $$$$$

To be the best bartender, combine some easy, neat bottle and tool skills, inserting some tricks and engage the customers. Find the perfect balance as this calls in for the balance. Use your hands to show your professional ability and your words a charm. Where do you think the term “Cool Bartender” came from???

How Much Do Flair Bartenders Make?

According to the most recent data from the United States government, the average annual salary for a Flair Bartender in the United States is $32,952 a year (without tips). This salary works out to be approximately $15.84 an hour. This is the equivalent of $634/week or $2,746/month.

Which Governments Have Banned Flair Bartending?

Oklahoma – The performance of flair in bars in the state has been banned. [citation needed]

Where to go to See Flair Bartending?

Carnaval Court and Fuel Bar – The outdoor round bar at Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas.

Nottingham Forest Bar – Historic bar in Milan, Italy

The Roots or Kita Koguta – For an elegant and sophistacted feel in Warsaw, Poland

Be At One – One of many flair options in the capitol of flair, London, UK