A good bartender has the answers to all life’s problems, from office romance quandaries to escaped goldfish woes. If you still haven't gotten a holiday gift for your day-jobless actor friend, or you broke all of your drinking glasses while trying to mimic the movie Cocktail, today's Groupon to SideBAR can solve both problems. For $25, you can take one of the upscale Union Square bar's new Mixology 101 classes (a $50 value). Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every month, and more will be added to meet demand.
SideBAR's Mixology 101 class offers a fun, interactive tutorial in the basics of bartending. Experienced mix-masters and pouring pros will teach you how to properly set up a bar, which garnishes go with what liquors (tinsel and mead is a common rookie error), and all the different, fun-to-watch ways you can mix up your favorite cocktails. They will also teach you how to offer grizzled, homespun wisdom free of charge, so you can spout "You're too good for her" like you mean it, or reply to everything with a long-winded metaphor about an irritable horse. Once your class ends, you and your classmates can kick back with a few drinks of your own concoction from the open bar. Citysearch voted SideBAR Best After-Work Bar, meaning that even the people who work there like to chill there after work.
Adding to the fun of learning about liquor is the fact that SideBAR changes the course theme every month. January 2010 will focus on your favorite cocktails, while February will be devoted to chocolate and dessert cocktails. March will impart the ins and outs of Irish drinks, green beverages, and how to top off a Guinness pour with a shamrock. April, May, and June are still being scheduled, but some themes may be repeated. Buy six Groupons, and you can take the entire series.
- The bartender was attentive and made a KILLER dirty martini. And the food was top notch and totally unexpected from a bar. – JoeDee, Citysearch
- Went to side bar [sic] for brunch on a Saturday. The place is warm as are the employees. The crabcake Benedict was unbelievable and came with an incredibly tasty chipotle hollandaise. – Jhummel2, Citysearch
- I know it seems weird to write a review based on the staff of a place, but thats [sic] how great they were. – debbie3344, Citysearch
Slinger Maraschino: Boy Bartender
With a flick of the wrist, Slinger Maraschino slid a frosty Ecto Cooler down the slick Little Tykes bar. At eight years old, Maraschino was the most in-demand purveyor of kiddie cocktails in the whole cul-de-sac. He had it all; looks, charm, access to the vending machine at his mom's office, and a sympathetic ear for anyone who toddled in with skinned knees or jungle gym heartbreak.
Forget lemonade stands; Slinger could mix you a frosty cherry cola with real syrup in the time it took his arch-nemesis Leslie Reynolds to brush away the ants nibbling Country Time powder from her wooden spoon. Slinger didn't know, of course, that Leslie Reynolds was his arch-nemesis, as she watched him from across the street through her powerful Playskool binoculars. He didn't know that she hated his effortless smile, his sandy hair, and the way he made time to teach the kindergarteners how to give exact change. Just like she didn't yet know that she would one day try to destroy him with a single kiss, discovering too late that cooties can be far less lethal than first love between rivals.
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