The Beauty Of The Bar

The new documentary Hey Bartender takes a serious, if not sober, look at bartending as craft:

Throughout the movie, [filmmaker Douglas] Tirola keeps the spotlight on the objets d’art of his movie, the subtle beauty of a coupe glass and the citrus finish of a Mata Hari cocktail shaken by Zaric. Tirola shows audiences that light plays an important role in the finished cocktail, temperature even more so. He reveals the psychology of the curving EO [Employees Only] bar, constructed so every customer can see every other customer. The whack of a large wooden mallet onto a block of artisanal ice brings extra drama to the storytelling. We learn the bartender routine of up all night, sleep all day and repeat, a nightcrawler model that many artists can understand.