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    Man Behind the Bar


    Bartending is considered as a career for some but several bartenders do this as a hobby. Being a bartender does not only entail mixing drinks for a guest. Bartenders are likewise entertainers as they add live atmosphere in the bar, thus some do flair bartending.


    But here in Singapore, to be a good bartender does not necessarily require an individual to study bartending in schools. Mostly of the bartenders I have interviewed did not have proper schooling on bartending; they describe it as “old school” learning. Learning by what you see and try it yourself. With the help of their colleagues who are as Bartenders, they learn mixing of drinks to further mends their knowledge on creating a good cocktail.


    The essence of being a bartender, as one of the bartenders I interviewed said, “It is not only about mixing and memorizing the cocktails, cleaning the bar and entertaining the guests, but it is of one's character, discipline, patience, your sense of presence, and your willingness to learn and to teach at the same time”.



    *The Bartender made a Singapore Sling, a well-known cocktail in Singapore.

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