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The Open Bar Experience is a deep dive behind the bar industry, checking in with all facets of it, not just the Friday and Saturday nights when the bar lights are low and the drinks are flowing. We will talk to those who work Monday mornings in preparation of tastings for decision makers on new or forgotten products; the bar owners who are on-call every single day of their business’ life; people who conceptualize, source and bring into existence someone else’s idea; the specialty item purveyors who have a passion for unique products that elevate the ordinary. Finally, we will hear from what Simon Ford calls, ‘Rocks Stars that never bothered to learn an instrument’; the bartenders who create, mix, serve, set-up, break down, entertain, console, manage expectations, keep chaos at bay, stay late, get there early, who skip birthdays, weekends, holidays, days off, lunch, dinner ... essentially, those who work tirelessly to bring their patrons the very best they have to offer. Your favorite bar is built on relationships.

The Open Bar Experience is a deep dive behind the bar industry, checking in with all facets of it, not just the Friday and Saturday nights when the bar lights are low and the drinks are flowing. We will talk to those who work Monday mornings in preparation of tastings for decision makers on new or forgotten products; the bar owners who are on-call every single day of their business’ life; people who conceptualize, source and bring into existence someone else’s idea; the specialty item purveyors who have a passion for unique products that elevate the ordinary. Finally, we will hear from what Simon Ford calls, ‘Rocks Stars that never bothered to learn an instrument’; the bartenders who create, mix, serve, set-up, break down, entertain, console, manage expectations, keep chaos at bay, stay late, get there early, who skip birthdays, weekends, holidays, days off, lunch, dinner ... essentially, those who work tirelessly to bring their patrons the very best they have to offer. Your favorite bar is built on relationships.
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The Open Bar Experience is a deep dive behind the bar industry, checking in with all facets of it, not just the Friday and Saturday nights when the bar lights are low and the drinks are flowing. We will talk to those who work Monday mornings in preparation of tastings for decision makers on new or forgotten products; the bar owners who are on-call every single day of their business’ life; people who conceptualize, source and bring into existence someone else’s idea; the specialty item purveyors who have a passion for unique products that elevate the ordinary. Finally, we will hear from what Simon Ford calls, ‘Rocks Stars that never bothered to learn an instrument’; the bartenders who create, mix, serve, set-up, break down, entertain, console, manage expectations, keep chaos at bay, stay late, get there early, who skip birthdays, weekends, holidays, days off, lunch, dinner ... essentially, those who work tirelessly to bring their patrons the very best they have to offer. Your favorite bar is built on relationships.

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English


Episodes

Ep 19: Zach Russel & Rev Johnny

11/16/2018
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Ep 19: Zach Russell & Rev Johnny In this episode, Zach Russell and I talk about a few of the things to consider while creating a cocktail menu. In a place like Houston, a seasonal menu is mainly three seasons rather than four. We have very long summers and a sporadic winter. The four main points...

Duration:00:27:00

Ep. 018: Health & Wellness

10/26/2018
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Health and wellness is something that in the restaurant industry we tend to ignore for long periods of time. Given the fact that we take care of our guests and seek to have them relax and have a good time puts us in an environment where our health, mental and physical, suffers. In this episode, I...

Duration:00:15:08

Ep17 Houston Edition of National Rum Day

8/22/2018
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On August 16th, National Rum Day I had the fun opportunity to MC at High & Dry’s first annual rum competition. Downtown Houston is coming of age in a very special kind of way with its dedicated bar community. Crisia Arajuo won first place with some delicious cocktails! Trois Rivieres Four Square Madeline Edwards Trio My twitter...

Duration:00:34:31

Ep 016 Marla Martinez

8/14/2018
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This week I will be the MC to High & Dry’s First Annual Rum Competition on August 16th which is National Rum Day. It is part of Downtown Houston effort to bring new businesses that are looking to entertain its patrons with craft and fun. Also, in the Montrose area of Houston, I will be doing a Tiki Day...

Duration:00:18:37

Ep. 015: Geeking out on rum with Pryor Bailey

8/7/2018
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This past spring in Las Vegas during the USBG SW conference I had the opportunity to sit and have Bailey Pryor share with me the revolution rum is going thru along with the benefits to the consumer. This is a very educational episode so it does get geeky. Because of that, I do an intermission for your...

Duration:00:36:09

Ep. 014: TOTC The Spirit of Hospitality & Education

7/31/2018
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It’s been a week since Tales 2018 (7/17-7/22). Given the good and the bad this was one of the best! As any good procrastinator, I waited till a few weeks before Tales to search for lodging. The first place I looked was The Monteleone; $490/night! Wow! So I looked around and found that most hotels...

Duration:00:41:25

Ep. 013: Margarita vs Daisy

7/27/2018
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In this episode bartender and friend Zachary Russell challenges my Tommy’s Margarita. We argue and pontificate to the point where we end up going out for tacos.

Duration:00:27:24

Ep. 012: My Austin Day Trip

7/7/2018
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On my trip to Austin, I had a good time while checking out some places based on recommendations from friends. First place was I went to was Justine’s. A sexy French-themed restaurant with a full menu until 1:30 am. THAT grabbed my attention since I’m a late eater. Great food, great music on vinyl and consequently an excellent vibe!...

Duration:00:16:50

Ep. 011: Pet Peeves and all...It's Only Monday!

6/29/2018
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It’s Friday Bitches!!! I gotta poke fun on some of the dumb shit we create at work! Pet peeves of waiters, chefs, cooks, and customers. Seriously! Restaurant work is difficult and sometimes we make it more or less difficult depending on our perspective and ability to handle our way out of it. Fun times do happen...

Duration:00:14:41

Ep. 010: The News

6/26/2018
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When life hands you lemons make a Tom Collins, and when it hands you limes you most definitely must make a daiquiri. Well, I decided to report the news in absence of a completed interview. Some cool things going on around the beverage world like Bacardi buying Patron and a whole distillery burning down just because some guy...

Duration:00:13:59

Ep. 009: CHKS with DCKS aka Instagramable

6/22/2018
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There is this phenomenon which comes from excessive consumption. Consuming with one’s eyes as if it were sustenance. It is content for the sake of content or maybe for the sake of maybe content…maybe, someone will find me or my work or my…producing mediocrity in order to provide window dressing has its limits. Yet the World Wide...

Duration:00:04:52

008 Alfonso Chable

6/19/2018
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This week”s guest in The Open Bar Experience is Alfonso Chable. An Industry professional of twenty years and in recovery for substance abuse for five. He shares with us the process by wich become our own facilitators for our addictions.

Duration:00:43:04

Episode #7

6/15/2018
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Giving the popularity contest that is some aspects of our industry, getting blackballed is as real as it is in Hollywood. Having an opinion in an industry where your opinion has been given to you is a sure way to get yourself off of everyone’s list. Too many people buy into the idea that someone’s frequency in...

Duration:00:46:43

S2 Episode 2: Brad Moore

6/11/2018
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Brad Moore is a bar owner of the kind many of us wish we were, ‘always working never at work’. He has worked behind the bar, the counter, and worked the floor too. He co-owns several bars in Houston like Big Star Bar and Grand Prize.

Duration:01:05:43

S2 Episode 1: Justin Ware

6/4/2018
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Houston bartender/general manager/beverage director Justin Ware stops by to talk about his upcoming World Class competition and his path from Buffalo Wild Wings to Julep to Johnny Gold Bricks

Duration:00:38:36

Season 2: The Open Bar Experience

6/4/2018
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Becoming a good bartender means to be good at many things. Of all of those things, the hardest is having the wisdom of an old man and the energy of a young athlete. Late nights and long days is nothing but a typical day for any barman/woman. So in this season of The Open Bar...

Duration:00:02:49

S1 Episode 4: Lynn Pappas

4/25/2018
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Every once in a while serendipidy shows up. In this case it shows itself with a calm and caring balm. Lynn Pappas is a homeophatic therapist who has in the past helped bartendets creatie secret ingredients but also has taken the time to help heal some of the damage from our long hours, excess, and...

Duration:00:33:25

S1 Episode 3: T Cole Newton

4/15/2018
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In this episode I talk to T Cole Newton who I met while competing in World Class in 2014. It conincided with the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Regional conference. He is a bar owner of Twelve Mile Limit in New Orleans and presiden of the local chapter of the USBG. I caught up with...

Duration:00:26:50

S1 Episode 2: James Webb-Glass

4/9/2018
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Former marine and founder of DoorVet Inc. James Webb-Galss III talks about the organic growth of a business that hires veterans as doormen. He shares some funny stories at the enlisted club and the future of his company. Enjoy! Please like and subscribe =) P.S. Here’s James’ website for more information: DoorVets Inc.

Duration:00:24:22

S1 Episode 1: Pamela Wiznitzer

4/2/2018
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Pam Wiznitzer is the national president of the United States Bartenders Guild and creative director of Seamstress. She shares her on the road routine, the future of the USBG, thoughts on the non tipping movement and changes in the brand ambassador position. Enjoy! Please like and subscribe =) P.S. Here’s the social media information for...

Duration:00:24:53