It's Getting Hot In Here.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 4:00PM
Chris The Bartender in Arrest, Fire, Flair Bartending, Flaming, Random
I’ve received a few emails in the last couple weeks from readers asking me for tips on how to use fire in their flair routines. I reluctantly offered some advice, if only so that they wouldn’t have to learn by trial and error and burn themselves - or someone else - in the process. Then a friend of mine sent me a news story about two bartenders in Virginia who were arrested for performing a little show during which they breathe fire. Another bartender in New York was arrested earlier this summer for performing a trick in which he lights the bar on fire. Yet two more reasons I discourage anyone from using fire in their flair routine. Truth is, being arrested for for a couple felonies and misdemeanors are the least of my worries; burning the face off your guests ranks a little higher on the list. I can understand the Virginia bar owner's confusion - they had been doing this stunt for years. But like they say, if you play with fire...

I’ve written about it before. Whether you’ve read it before or not, do yourself and your guests a favor and read it again. Nevermind the fact that there are no legitimate competitions in the world that allow you to use fire - it usually means immediate disqualification. I understand the appeal of it, I really do, but I challenge you to be a better bartender and entertain your guests with rockstar service and bad-ass flair rather than a match and some fuel.

And to end on a lighter note, and because it still cracks me up, check out this genius taking a flaming shot at some house party. It’s okay to laugh. He did it to himself.


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