Tools and Tips For Bartending – Essential Bar Tending Tools

If you are to take up the art of bar tending you need to have the right tools.

These tools are essential to the profession. They are what allows you to mix, stir, shake and store your drinks. Without the right tools to practice at home bar tending will be harder to learn. Here is a list of tools you must have to be good at this profession or maybe just a hubby. These can easily be found in any bar supply store or a liquor store.

Essential Bar-tending tools

Wine Opener, not just any wine opener, you should Invest in the waiter’s wine opener. Why? Well, because apart from the long cork screw, it has a sharp blade edge and bottle opener.

Get a Cocktail Shaker – there are two types of shakers, the Boston shaker and the standard shaker and any of the two will be perfect for bar tending. The Boston shaker has a more professional touch but if you choose to use the standard shaker you will be just fine. You can always get the Boston shaker when you can afford to lay your hands on it.

You will need a Strainer – the most widely used strainer in bars is called the hawthorn strainer. It can be easily used on the top of a shaker or bar glass to strain any cocktail.

Some Other Tools you will need includes but not limited to the following:

Bar Spoon: Long spoon that used to Stir mixed drinks.

A High speed Blender: This is used to crush ice or blend different variety of drinks into one cocktail.

Ice Bucket: Obviously, Used to hold ice.

Ice Scoops: used to scoop ice as you must never use your hands to transfer ice.

Measuring Glass: the measuring glass that you get, must be able measure up to 2 oz and down to 1/2 oz.

Smart Serving Tips

  • Always have punch available for light drinkers.
  • Hirer a professional bartender
  • Use only clean and fresh ice
  • Use only fresh Fruits
  • Chill your glasses before you use them to serve and put them out five minutes before you use them.
  • Make sure you use a shot glass for shots nothing more nothing less.
  • Use lower proof alcohol in mixtures and cocktails.
  • Use tools to serve ice like tongs. Do not use your hands.
  • Be sure to have non-alcoholic drinks available like tea and coffee.
  • Serve hot drinks in a container which has a handle.
  • Rubbing wax paper over bottle tops with no pourer will prevent dripping
  • Close the bar an hour before the party ends

When Buying drinks be sure to purchase drinks that are popular. Though they are popular, you will find that many of these drinks may not be expensive. Due to the fact that they are well known, individuals will be asking for them and you had better be able to please the crowd. It would be rather unfortunate to have a well stock bar filled with unknown drinks.

All About Boston Bars

It’s a city where a 5 year old boy and an 86 year old grandmother will
be wearing the same Boston Red Sox hat on the T and asking the same question each and every morning- how did the Sox do last night? Baseball is not just another sport in Boston, it’s part of the culture…it is Boston. That “Fever Pitch” movie was no joke. Just get used to it and leave your opposing team jerseys at home unless you want to get hit in the head with a bottle. Seriously, especially you Yankees fans.

Boston is a great city that blends its future into its storied Boston
Tea Party past. Walk The Freedom Trail to step back in time for some
Revolutionary history. And then you have the cosmopolitan new
architecture right next to Paul Revere. Think charming New England
with those lovely brownstones.

Faneuil Hall is a must. Explore the North End for “to die for” Italian…
just like grandma makes.

Here are our journeyPod picks for your viewing pleasure:

Bars & Nightlife

1. Publik House: This Pub has some of the most delicious Belgium
beers. Great bar food in an intimate setting. Try the Grimbergan 12. Use caution, it is a very strong beer. Located in Washington Square and near the T.

2. SOHO: $5 cover and a great dance floor in the bottom level. Young
professionals flock in on the weekends. Sunday morning they offer an amazing Brunch for $15. Live music with fantastic food. SOHO is
located on Market Street in Brighton.

3. Saint: Very posh with beautiful people. They have themed rooms.
There is a line and cover on Thurs.-Sat. Saint is on Exeter Street in
Boston.

4. Sanctuary: A few levels of pure PARTY. Young crowd packs it in
starting at 11:30. Located in Faneuil Hall.

5. Tonic: No cover. Flat screen TVs, dancing, and a beautiful bar.
Young professional. Tonic is located in Brighton on Commonwealth Ave.

6. Black Rose: If you are looking for good Irish music with a lively
Irish crowd, the Black Rose is your place and at Faneuil Hall.

7. Black Rhino: 4 levels of dancing with all different types of music.
There is even a roof deck. The Black Rhino is located in Faneuil Hall.

8. Cask ‘n Flagon: Since the place is across the street from Fenway,
this is a perfect pre-game place. As you can imagine, the Fenway
faithful pack into the the Cask two hours before the first pitch. Some
have so much fun, they end up missing the game.

9. Bell in Hand: Since this is one of the oldest Bars in the USA, we
had to put it on the list. Yes, for all of you Beer Drinking History
buffs, there is a plaque to prove it. Located in Faneuil Hall.

10. Sunset Grill: Great food and an amazing selection of Beer. The
beer menu is so thick, it could take hours to decide. More of a sit down and drink lots of beer type of place. Located in Brighton on Commonwealth Ave.

11. Sam Adams Brewery: It’s Boston. It’s Sam Adams. The tour is packed with facts, but most attend for the FREE Sammy that is poured after the tour. Most of the time, the Tour guide will even pour some unreleased beers. Located in the middle of nowhere in Jamaica Plain. They ask for a donation, but the tour is Free!

Things to Do in Boston

Boston is a city steeped in American history and lore. It is the largest city in New England and has a wealth of experiences to offer any traveler. Over the years Boston has enjoyed a steady increase in tourism, and is now one of the top 10 tourist sites in the United States. The best time to visit Boston is during the spring or summer, especially May through September.

There are myriad options for getting into Boston, with Logan International Airport being the easiest. The airport services every major international airline, as well as serving as a hub for domestic flights and connections. The airport is not far out of town, and taxis as well as shuttles are cheap going to the city center. Trains and buses also service Boston, it serves as an Amtrak hub and there are numerous bus lines coming from the entire northeast region. The best thing about arriving in Boston after a long trip is that it has fantastic public transportation and is laid out as a walking city, so a car is unnecessary.

There are too many sights to see on just one trip, but these are some of the top-rated experiences from people in the know:

o The Boston Museum of Fine Arts houses impressive collections of French Impressionistic art, as well as huge collections of Japanese and Greek artifacts.
o The New England Aquarium until recently held the largest fish tank in the world, and is still an excellent choice for anyone that loves aquatic life.
o The Panopticon Gallery, founded in the 1970s, is dedicated solely to photography and has excellent contemporary works.
o The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk through historic sites that played integral roles in America’s war for independence.
o Boston’s local brewery, Sam Adams, offers tours with free beer samples throughout.
o If baseball season is on, no trip to Boston would be complete without catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park!
o Schools like MIT and Harvard, some of the most prestigious in the world, reside in Boston and offer campus tours for free.

Boston is known far and wide for its incredible bar scene, and it is not uncommon to see one or two bars on nearly every block. The most dense concentrations of bars can be found on Canal Street, Downtown Crossing, around Fenway, and Harvard Square. Irish pubs abound, and many tourists try to find their own “perfect” watering hole. Tired bar goers can find their caffeine fix at any of the innumerable Dunkin’ Donuts locations around Boston, the city where it was born. Dining in Boston is like most metropolitan cities, in that there is something to be found for everyone. If there are two things New England and Boston in particular are known for when it comes to food, they are clam chowder and lobster. Both should be sampled before leaving the city.

Boston is one of America’s great cities, and everyone should make a visit at least once.