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A Man, A Plan, A Canal...

I've got good news, bad news, good news, and great news...

The good news is that two friends of mine have invited me to spend two months with them in Panama. My lease expires this week and my job allowed me the time off, so I couldn't say no. I leave on Monday, Aug 16th for Panama.

The bad news is that I won't be working  behind a bar for the next two months. As much as I'll miss slinging drinks and rocking it five deep, the good news is that I'll have two months to finally get to all of the stories, tips, and other things I've been wanting to share with you. I'm looking forward to having some uninterrupted time to spend working on putting out great content and building a much more involved website. Oooh, and I'll also have a whole new drinking culture to explore. I'm looking forward to exploring and discussing Panamanian rums, beers, drinks, and discos. Next week, start checking back regularly for more updates.

And finally, the great news: Over the past few months, I've had a number of readers ask me if I had an instructional DVD available. I don't. But I've got something I think will be better. I'm going to be launching a whole new site dedicated just to flair bartending videos. I'll still have some free tutorials available, but ultimately I'll be building a paid monthly subscription site. The concept is that instead of dropping $30-40 on any number of DVDs out there, you can spend about $15/month and get access to all of the instructional videos I have, with new ones being added regularly. I was working with a company to build the site that wanted me to charge at least $25/month, trying to convince me that the more people pay, the more value they perceive that they are getting. While I get their point, I'm doing it on my own, and though I haven't set the price yet, I'm going to make it affordable and try to give you more than your $$$ worth. And, of course, if you've been following ChrisTheBartender.com for a while, I'll have special deals for you.

After an entire summer of technical difficulties and terrible mishaps, I have finally completed filming about 4 hours worth of new tutorials. I was hoping to have even more, but what I didn't finish here, I'll get filmed in Panama. Do you guys care if the instructional flair videos are filmed in a bar or is a park or beach just fine? I tried so hard to get a professional look by filming as much as I could behind the bar, but I've had other readers tell me they don't care - they just want new tutorials. Tell me if it matters to you.

So, that's what's happening with me.

A quick plug for the people that I'll be staying with in Panama. They are an awesome couple that used to come into my bar regularly when I worked at the Comedy Club. They've been doing web design/development since the internet began and do amazing work. Be sure to check out their hotel reservation website HotelSpinner.com. Sure I'm biased, but I'll swear on your mother's grave that it's the best hotel booking site out there. Hotel Spinner compares dozens of other travel sites and finds you the best deal. Basically, they do the foot work for you. So if you travel at all, check them out. And it just goes to show: be good to your regulars. You never know how good they'll end up being to you.


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Reader Comments (6)

at a park or at the beach and behind the bar would be great

at the park or at the beach it would be better if you had a portable bar than just film it straight

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbot

the new site will be pay to see new vids?

how about others like me who cant pay? wont we get to see the vids?

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbot

I'll still have a number of free tutorials available, but for hours of new lessons I don't think $15/month is outrageous. If you do it right, it should more than pay for itself with the extra tips you'll be making. Gotta pay for the new camcorder, mic, laptop, and editing software somehow...

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

needs to be said, people are going to be p****d off that ur going to be charging for more lessons...
BUT if the videos u don't already have on christhebartender.com don't make them enough extra in tips to afford it to make EVEN more. Their not doing it right, or their in the wrong bar!
that investment is worth it for me! hope the blog keeps going aswell though, love to hear what panama is like from a bar tender point of view =]

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermatt

go to devils beach. its off limits from what i hear as i child it scared the bejezzus outta me. i was an army brat. panama canal zone. i remember it all.. the war between us and panama. royal butter flies and jungles. it was 1970 something....coral reefs clear as day light with orange and red and blue fishes....white sands. i will never forget

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterELIZABETH

sorry i was really contacting you about bartending, but i noticed panama where i was raised..

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterELIZABETH

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