Cheers to That: 7 Characteristics of the Perfect Bartender

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The key to a good time isn’t just visiting a good bar with good friends. In fact, without a good bartender, you might as well stay home and get wasted in your underwear. An above-par bartender (or mixologist, as we’ve come to relabel them) not only makes a perfect Old-Fashioned but intuitively caters to your needs. How do you know when you’ve got a good bartender? There are several ways to tell, and we’re laying them out for you. This is a shout-out to every person behind a bar who understands the nature of their job, ensuring we always have the best of times, even if we went drinking to manage the worst of times.

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What makes a bartender worth tipping big? Is it pour size, personality or something we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments!

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