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Flair 101 - Red Bull Suction Pour

This week's move is another addition to our "prop flair" arsenal.

Rules of Flair:
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice at home, perform at work. Never try anything at work that you can't land at least 90% of the time at home.
3. Always flair safely. Never flair without mats on the ground. Never flair around co-workers who aren't comfortable with it or who don't know how to move around you. Never flair drunk.
4. Practice with empty Malibu bottles (the plastic wrap holds it together in case it breaks) or get a practice bottle from my bar store.
5. Practice with both your left and right hands.
6. Have fun.
7. The FBA motto: Service first, flair second, competition always!


Happy New Year


Here's hoping that you all rang in the new year in proper style, hopefully with good friends and good times, and unequivocally with champagne and a midnight kiss. I was lucky enough to have all four... and I was on the clock.


New Year's to a bartender is like the Fourth of July to a fireworks maker. It's insanely busy, a lot of hype, a lot of work, and a lot of pressure, but you wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks to everyone who came out to Madison's to celebrate with us. We had a great crowd on NYE, though my judgment may have been a little flavored by the champagne we were all drinking.

One of the quirky perks about Madison that many of you, my friends and readers who don't live in Madison (that means you, Nick in the Netherlands)... one of the many fine oddities that makes this city funky is the suspension of bar time on New Year's Eve. It may not seem that exciting to you who live in Chicago, NYC, or abroad, where bar time is so late it's early. But when 364 days a year the doors are locked by 2am, it's all the more cause for celebration on this special day. Bars can stay open, and many do, well past sun-up.


Thankfully, the crowd at Madison's thinned out after 3 and we closed shop around 4 am. The Angelic was hosting a Bartender's Bash from 4am-8am, an industry only party specifically for bar staff who worked NYE. It was nice to go from working a room full of drunk patrons to enjoying a room full of drunk bartenders. And The Angelic was even kind enough to send a limo. Kudos to Red Bull for sponsoring the event, though somehow even the 5 Red Bulls I pocketed wouldn't have been enough to keep me awake after 7am even if I were sober enough to open them.


That's all for now, but I've got some exciting things planned for the new year, including more drinks, more tall tales, more funny clips, more guest writers, and few other tricks up my sleeve (heard any good dirty jokes lately?? You will....)