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Flair Bartending Is An Art And Wonderful to Watch

Jun 12, 2008
Flair bartending, just as the name suggests, is something that is wonderful to watch. When the handsome man or beautiful woman behind the bar mixes you a drink with amazing dexterity and flamboyance you will be truly entertained, and will possibly end up enjoying your drink and evening even more. The performance is a special attraction and these skilled barkeeps are engaged precisely for their unique bartending services.

Bartending with flair is an exclusive and specialized art form or service, whereby skilled bartenders entertain guests in the most imaginative and fascinating manner. This includes the handling of easily recognizable bar tools, such as cocktail shakers or liquor bottles, in a series of moves akin, in many ways, to those of a juggler. What's equally amazing is the quality of the drink and the speed with which it is created.

The term "flair bartending" became popular among bartenders during the mid 1990's, with the advent of such movies as Cocktail and Coyote Ugly, and can be described as any trick employed by a bartender to entertain guests, while mixing their drinks. The flipping or juggling of shakers, bottles etc. are but a few of the varied techniques used by professional flair bartenders.

Some practitioners are even capable of using flammable liquors, as well as trained to perform close-up magic tricks, commonly referred to as "bar magic." Ultimately, the main objective of this service is to entertain, in a unique manner, while mixing drinks, and thereby adding value to a patron's drinking or dining experience.

Flair bartending was introduced to the world by Jerry Thomas who was popularly known as "The Professor." The "Blue Blazer" was a cocktail created by Jerry by mixing hot water streams with Scotch whisky. This happened in the 1800's and become immensely popular in those days.

It was from this beginning that this type of bartending picked up recognition and popularity. The attraction of this special skill is such that today, these professional bartenders are hot favorites at all types of parties. Bars, hotels and similar institutions use their services to launch and advertise their premises, while new products also use this as a vehicle for advertising.

Many leading distilleries and hotels have organized special bartending events with flair bartenders, to gain mileage for their products or services. So popular has this profession become today that you can find special courses and diplomas offered on the subject.

If you're planning to stopover at a bar or pub this evening, then look for one that offers professional flair bartending. Yes, you do need that refreshing drink, don't you? If you have the time for a couple drinks and some entertainment, then why not enjoy some awesome, visual entertainment that flair bartenders offer. For free!!
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