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The Dumbest Questions You Can Ask A Bartender

Thrillist | Posted 10.28.2015 | Taste

Some people say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but those people have never been asked about the gluten content of a margarita. Bartenders field questions like this all the time. So sad.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVII -- Sticky Situations

Alan Black | Posted 10.13.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A long trail follows curious Steven, long sheets of bad luck. He's been in many a sticky situation. He picked up a brown paper bag from the shade in the alley behind the dive. What's in here? he inquired. A used hypo-needle that pricked his finger, that's what.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVI: You're Not Getting Served

Alan Black | Posted 10.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

You're not getting served... You're a loser. Working in a bar, an old man working in a bar. What, you couldn't get a real job? I bet you don't even...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIII - Wheel of Fortune

Alan Black | Posted 09.25.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXII - Art and Alka-Seltzer

Alan Black | Posted 09.21.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bartenders trade. Booze can be exchanged for virtually anything; love, compliments, tickets to the art exhibit. I find myself in the centipede at th...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXX

Alan Black | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Condoms on the bar floor everywhere. An Irish tourist is blowing them up like balloons, while his mate makes armpit farts and I think of James Joyce and how he liked to talk dirty about his wife's gas leaks.

What Does it Really Take to get a Bartender to Hate you?

Dan Miles | Posted 09.08.2015 | Comedy
Dan Miles

Bartender's are a hardy breed, who, safe behind the polished mahogany, genuinely believe they are immune to anything the customer can throw at them, only to learn that we've been evolving.

3 Bartender-Approved Cocktail Ingredients You Should Have at Home

Details | Posted 09.23.2015 | HuffPost Home

"What bartenders geek out about takes years to trickle down to the consumer," says Brad Thomas Parsons, the author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All. Here, the best bartender-made secret ingredients to buy.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVI

Alan Black | Posted 08.31.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

But who can sleep? Not Mac, who helps sweep up at closing. He lives in a hotel with cockroaches and other bugs that go crawly in the night. On to his chest. He sleeps with cotton wool in his ears.

9 Jobs That Teach You How to Hustle (PHOTOS)

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Alicia T. Glenn

Work is hard, but there are certain jobs that may require a little more grit than others. Those that can successfully navigate through these professions will come out with an exceptional work ethic that can set them up for success anywhere.

The Giant's Shoulders: Sasha Petraske 1973 - 2015

Dan Miles | Posted 08.24.2015 | Taste
Dan Miles

If there's a special corner in heaven for pioneers, then room was made this weekend for an immaculately dressed new arrival. If you've enjoyed a cock...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIV

Alan Black | Posted 08.17.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The pizza joint next door does a good slice of violence. An argument mushrooms. The cops on speed dial and paramedics export an unsatisfied customer to the hospital. Something about pepperoni, some kind of insult, I hear a metal pipe over the skull settled it.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXII

Alan Black | Posted 08.10.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

These days, the sun shows no mercy. And Shakespeare in the Park is on.

New York Cocktail Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.20.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

On Saturday July 18 the best cocktail bars in the world were judged at the Tales of the Cocktail Annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans. New York City was well represented. The Dead Rabbit took home awards for the World's Best Cocktail Bar and Menu.

Notes From a Dive Bar XVIII

Alan Black | Posted 07.15.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Milton comes in. There is little poetry left in the man. He's shoeless. Toothless. His face traduced and trampled. The cracks on his face are dry. Saltiness settles in the hollows under his eyes. The dead see, too.

Notes From a Dive Bar XIIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.29.2015 | Fifty
Alan Black

Someone says, Jake died. We all drop a few rungs. He owned a bar. Lung disease. He never smoked, unless you count the smoke of others. It's still dark outside. The f*cking cognac tastes off. So much for the sour grape.

Notes From a Dive Bar XI

Alan Black | Posted 06.18.2015 | Fifty
Alan Black

Here's a resume. Male, 25-years old, friendly and popular with customers, knowledgeable in the arts of mixology, enthusiastic, responsible, and an asset for your business.

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.

Bartender Found Guilty After Man Drinks 56 Shots, Dies

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

A French bartender was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday after serving 56 shots to a customer who died the next day. The customer, 56-year-old...

Notes From a Dive Bar IV

Alan Black | Posted 05.21.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Occasionally, the smokers stampede for the door. A fight has broken out or a scary psycho has wandered in off the street looking for a light in the darkness.

7 Celebs Who Were Bartenders Before They Were Famous | Posted 05.08.2015 | Taste

It's easy to forget that working actors and musicians once had normal jobs. You know, just like us. That's right: Before they blew up, there were many celebrities who waited tables

The Most Iconic Bar In Every State (And DC)

Thrillist | Posted 06.13.2015 | Taste

These 51 bars have stood the test of time, broken bottles, and health inspections, and they keep bringing the crowds back in.

17 Top Bartenders' Desert Island Cocktails

Thrillist | Posted 06.01.2015 | Taste

It's tough to select one drink to be stuck with on a proverbial desert island. To find out which drinks truly have the most staying power, we polled a group of esteemed cocktail experts to name the one drink they'd marry until death do them part.