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Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVII - The Body of the Bar

Alan Black | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. George left his liver.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIV - Nature Calls

Alan Black | Posted 11.04.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A puddle forms on a bar stool. No hole in the roof, so it can't be rain. California is in a drought. It's not liquor or beer, neither soda nor tears. No chemical spill has been reported.

What Your Drink Order Says About You (According To A Bartender)

YourTango | Posted 09.14.2015 | Taste

So, what do you order on a first date? We decided to leave this one up to the professionals and get some firsthand advice from a couple of bartenders who have seen it all.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIX

Alan Black | Posted 09.10.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I head to work, a little drunk, a little high, what other job allows you to do that? Maybe an airline pilot, I don't know. The sidewalks sizzle. Look who's here? A mermaid lying on the ground outside the bar. Her eyes swimming.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVIII

Alan Black | Posted 09.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The old English dude, his arms have badly drawn tattoos on them, sailor type things, fading anchors, he sinks deep in his Guinness, and yells out, "You wanker!" at no one in particular.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVII

Alan Black | Posted 09.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I open a bag of nuts... Brutal, one after the other, up and down, twists, turns, pulls, taps, lifts, slams, and there is Kenny, mangling a can of T...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXV

Alan Black | Posted 08.24.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

You know it's too late for civilization when tennis and pornography get mixed up in bar talk. Way too late. But it's not over yet.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIII

Alan Black | Posted 08.12.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The debate is on. The most boring man in the world walks in.

Notes From a Dive Bar XX

Alan Black | Posted 08.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I meet a man on the road to A.A. He asks for a Zombie. You're looking at it, I say. How about a Screwdriver? Yes, and soon he owns a loose tongue,...

Restaurant Bartender Leaves A Single Beer Out To Remember Fallen Soldier

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News

This bartender is paying tribute to a fallen soldier in an unexpected way.  Brian Avey, who works at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaura...

Notes From a Dive Bar XVII

Alan Black | Posted 07.13.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I'm in the present. Things are tense. A guy threatens me with that most dangerous of weapons - YELP!

Notes From a Dive Bar XII

Alan Black | Posted 06.22.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

When people ask where I hail from, sometimes I tell them I'm Vulcan, as a joke, and they ask, where is that? Geography is not their strong point. Communication is lost when you speak in an accent designed to burr and brogue.

Notes From a Dive Bar X

Alan Black | Posted 06.15.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Take me far from the madding crowd. Business is very, very slow. No flocks on the pasture. Is there such a thing as a beer shepherd? A romantic figure wandering the streets with a crook, herding drinkers into the bar. I must be to blame for this barren scene.

Notes From a Dive Bar IX

Alan Black | Posted 06.11.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Talking Heads is on the jukebox. All the hits. Around closing time, the bug man comes in, his poisons in hand. He crawls under the bar like an explorer venturing into the darkness of the insect world. Nothing there.

Notes From a Dive Bar VI

Alan Black | Posted 05.28.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Turn away now if you are disgusted by the description of a bar's grim lavatory. This is not for you. Come back next time to Notes when the talk will be of love and cocktails garnished with fresh fruit. Sadly, this grim description has to be done.

Notes From a Dive Bar II

Alan Black | Posted 05.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tramodol came in. He looks good in a suit. He handed me a copy of Don DeLillo's, White Noise. "Read it," he said, strongly. What are the side effects of reading this? I wondered.

This Map Shows The Booziest Places In America

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.27.2015 | Taste

Plan a road trip with this map as your guide.

7 Mindful Steps to Make Love Happen Anywhere

Francesca Hogi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Hogi

I have singles tell me all the time they want love to "just happen." Well, that can only happen if you are in a mental and emotional place to receive the positive attention of others.

11 Things People Don't Understand About Being A Bartender

Thrillist | Posted 05.21.2014 | Taste

Keep these ideas in mind next time you step up to the bar, and your bartender will be much happier to enable your partying.

11 Ways To Become Besties With Your Bartender

Food & Wine | Posted 05.12.2014 | Taste
Food & Wine

Here are a few easy tips to help you enchant the bejesus out of them.

Stuck in the New York City Snow

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.21.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

On every corner of this earth, life deals all manner of complicated cards. Although some may see a snowy evening in New York City as an enchanted evening that allows reflection or the chance to live out an old classic movie, some may experience just an inch of snow as a horrifying event.

Ryan Grim

You Can't Make This Stuff Up: '47 Percent' Filmmaker Was Hailed For Saving Drowning Woman | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The bartender who put himself at risk to do his civic duty by exposing Mitt Romney's damning "47 percent" speech had found himself ...

WATCH: New York City Bartender Makes $96K

Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

Waitressing, bartending, and other service industry jobs may be the up and coming trend in high-paying, low-skill work. According to a simplyhired....

Job Profile: Casino Bartender

Steve Gillman | Posted 12.01.2012 | Money
Steve Gillman

Although the federal minimum wage for tipped positions is at just $2.13 per hour as of 2012, and there are many low-traffic bars where the addition of tips just barely brings a employees above minimum wage, there are also places where a bartender can make a decent living with good benefits.

A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy
Stephen Robert Morse

Why do we tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%, waiters and waitresses 15% to 20%, and hotel chambermaids $1 per night, while bartenders expect to rake in $1 per drink (or more if we're feeling generous)?