Basic Flair Bartending – Bottle Safety

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Flair bartender Moe Harris demonstrates how to bar tend with flair while practicing safety.

    Moe Harris

    Moe began his career behind the bar 13 years ago on the beaches of Acapulco Mexico. Since then, Not only has he bartended all over the world, but competed in and won various local, national and international competions in speed, accuracy and flair. He has been teaching his trade at the Professional Bartending School in Arlington Va since 2002. He has also taught bartending for the O.A.S (Organization of American States) in the Caribbean, as well as led alcohol based seminars for the Smithsonian institution in Washington D.C. and made various t.v appearances exhibiting flair. In 2005 Moe took his show from behind the bar, and put it on stage where he and his flair bartending friends put on their "POUR BOY" show. The show is a flair bartending exhibiton, where he and his friends perform in an all night event showcasing their bottle flipping talents. When asked what the most important part of bartending, Moe responds "Service...good service will always make up for a horrible drink, but a great drink will never make up for bad service.".

    Moe Harris: Hi guys my name Moe Harris, and for past few years I have been a competitive flair bartender. I have competed nationally and internationally and have won a cup. Today, I'm going to show you some of the secretes to what we are doing and some of the stuff that we are going to be doing can be a little dangerous. Especially when you consider we are going to throwing some glass bottles around. Before you start throwing glass bottles, around keep in mind that glass breaks and glass cuts, so what you could do is, before we get to the level of using actual glass bottles, they do sell unbreakable bottles.

    Now I stress the fact that these bottles are unbreakable that doesnt mean they are safety bottles, they still hurt when they hit you they are unbreakable your head is -- another option that you could do is whenever throwing a bottle around for the first time, wrap it up in duct tape. Not only the duct tape going to provide a little bit of support for it, a little structural integrity so that its less likely to break, but should break, it doesnt shatter and go everywhere.

    Again, none of these things should be performed in front of a crowd, until youve performed them a million times in a row all by yourself, wearing your helmet and you have got them down to a T. The worst thing that we want to do is hurt any of our guests who have come to have a good time. So, with that said, let us began.