Introduction to Flair Bartending
Welcome to my page on Flair Bartending. I absolutely love watching a flair bartender at work, and this is a joy that I know is shared by many others. For many people, their initial experience with flair bartending came from an early Tom Cruise movie: Cocktail. That was a little bit before my time (my way of saying I didn't watch Tom Cruise as a kid), but the idea of flair bartending has really taken off. Don't get the wrong idea, though: flair bartenders were around well over a century before that movie ever came out. Officially, some form of flair bartending has been taking place since the 1850s, and that tradition and history is kept alive by the Flair Bartenders' Association (FBA).
There's a lot to learn about flair bartending, and my hope is that this hub will provide all the information you could possibly want about flair bartending and everything associated with this topic from the different types of flair bartending to learning how to choose a flair bartending school.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this page!
Flair Bartending Supplies
There's 2 Types of Flair Bartending
While there is no specific set style or guide book for flair bartending, there are two actual types of flair bartending. Most people are only going to be familiar with the exhibition, showy style of flair bartending that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This is often part of an exhibition flair, versus a working flair. Both can overlap one another to a certain degree, but the type of flash bartending that most non-experts are familiar with is going to be more akin to the exhibition flair bartending, which often consists of long choreographed routines. Chances are that if you've watched a long bit of flair bartending from a competition or on YouTube, then you were seeing an example of exhibition flair.
Working flair bartending is another style of flair bartending that is recognized by the FBA. The FBA gives a very clear definition of working flair on their website:
"Working flair is the type of flair the FBA encourages on day to day bar shifts: quick, light, and realistic moves that can be performed without slowing service. Most working flair involves glassware, one bottle, bottle and tin, garnish, or occasionally, two bottle moves. Working flair is always performed while making a cocktail or drink. Flipping empty bottles is not working flair."
This shows the clear difference between the two types of flair bartending.
Flair Bartending Competitions
Flair bartending competitions are becoming more and more popular, and are a way for both beginning and professional flair bartenders to show off their skills and choreographed moves. There are a range of various competitions around the country, and the world, for that matter. Some competitions are sponsored by the FBA, while others might be sponsored by Las Vegas casinos, famous flair bars, or other sponsors.
Attending a flair bartending competition can be a great way to see some of the best flair bartenders showing their stuff, and the choreographed routines can vary greatly from one professional to another. These events can also be inspiring, helping beginners and novices to see what is possible and to be motivated to work towards that.
There isn't really a set circuit of competition, so the best way to figure out when a local flair bartending competition is going to take place is to Google for a schedule, or get ahold of the FBA to find this information out.
Learning Flair Bartending
Learning how to become a flair bartender isn't easy, but it's something that hundreds, if not thousands, of people do each year. There are many different ways that you can learn to flair bartend, and people have even taught themselves. From DVD video courses to e-books to actually attending flair bartending school, there are many different options available.
One resource you can also fall back on no matter what your question, is the FBA. Their website (listed below in the resources section) is a fantastic site all about flair bartending and also is as good a base source as you can ask for in order to find information about any facet of flair bartending that I haven't covered on this page. Because flair bartending isn't just a Las Vegas thing.
Some Very Good Flair Bartending Moves
Flair Bartending Contest @ Legends
Flair Bartending Links & Resources
- Mixology and Flair DVD
A great 4 DVD teaching course about how to become a flair bartender.
- Flair Bartenders\' Association | FBA
Flair Bartenders' Association, Inc. is dedicated to the sport of flair bartending. Known World Wide as the one global Flair Association for bottle flipping, flair bottles, specialty drinks, performance and extreme bartending.
- Flair bartending - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A basic description of flair bartending according to Wikipedia.
- Great Flair Bartending Video
Link to a fantastic flair bartending video on YouTube showing a great performance by a truly exceptional flair bartender.
- Flair Bartending Video - Pouring Drinks
A brief flair bartending video demonstration on how the pouring of drinks works.
- Flair Bartending Rocks
Flair Bartending is an increasingly popular skill that has a rapidly growing fan base in part due to the spectacular show flair competitions shown on cable TV. The art of flair bartending goes back at least 150 years, and there's even an official Fla
- History of Flair Bartending
A website giving a solid description on the history of flair bartending, and how this particular style of tending bar has evolved over time.
Flair Bartending Poll
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