What is a Bartender?


A bartender (also known as a barkeep, barman, barmaid, bar chef, tapster, mixologist, alcohol server, or an alcohol chef) is a person who formulates and serves alcoholic beverages behind the bar, usually in a licensed establishment. Bartenders also usually maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. A bartender can generally mix classic cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Mojito. The bartending profession was generally a second occupation, used as transitional work for students to gain customer experience or to save money for university fees.

This however is changing around the world and bartending has become a profession by choice rather than necessity. Cocktail competitions such as IBA WCC and other have recognised talented bartenders in the past decade and these bartenders, and others, spread the love of cocktails and hospitality throughout the world.

What is flair Bartending?

 Flair is a style of bartending that has existed for at least 150 years. Fabled American bartending legend Jerry “the professor” Thomas performed flair in the mid-1800s, whenever he made his famous Blue Blazer, pouring flaming scotch and water from mug to mug in a long, fiery stream. Any bartender who has ever put two or more bottles in one hand uses flair. Flair is simply efficiency of movement with a little pizzazz. 

Technically speaking, flair is the act of flipping, spinning, throwing, balancing, catching bottles, drinks, and various bar tools while in the process of making cocktails. Flair involves highly technical pours and cuts that ensure accuracy and no spillage while performing various tricks and moves. Speed bartending a form of flair in that the fastest, most efficient way to make drinks involves multi-bottle pours; inverted catches and grabs; stylish, martial-art like movements; and even behind the back throws and catches from time to time.

What is the mission of the Maltese Bartenders Guild?

The mission of Malta Bartenders Guild (M.B.G) is to provide information and knowledge to professionals and enthusiasts in the field of the beverage industry in Malta. Our Friendly, Knowledgeable and professional committee will help inspire, educate and organize.

What does the Maltese Bartenders Guild actually do ?

The M.B.G. Organises, supports, improves bartending competitions together with our local/foreign suppliers, and supports the community for the local bartenders, mainly via master classes and educational sessions with workshops and social media. Encouraging bartenders to compete in both local and world cocktail competitions, and getting both our social media and independent media to make public the news.

Who belongs to the M.B.G ?

Bartenders who love to make drinks and love to mix drinks and has a passion for the beverage industry.

Does the M.B.G. recommend bartending schools ?

Yes, we recommend one school over another. We do point out that some schools are much better than others. Before you spend any money, find out what the school has to offer. The Malta Bartending Academy offers professional bartending courses, starting from Beginner to intermediate courses all year round. www.maltabartendingacademy.com www.fb.com/maltabartendingacademy

What is the secret to become a great bartender?

Do it. Practice (at home). Enjoy it. Experiment. Get support by joining the M.B.G. and get a certification from a Bartending Academy (Are we being subtle enough?)


How much does the M.B.G. Membership costs?

Membership costs €25.00 per annum that will entitle you for all master classes and competitions plus discounts from our suppliers. 

What does an M.B.G. membership get me ?

The biggest advantages of being a member of the M.B.G. is the opportunity to compete at the World Cocktail Competitions, to network and learn from other bartenders. Membership will assist you raise your profile as a modern professional bartender.

How else can I help?

Spread the word. Teach others. Join us. Compete. Have fun behind the bar. Make great drinks and cocktails. Give amazing service. Send us any news related to bartending, particularly performance bartending. Contact@mbg.org.mt

How can I become a committee delegate?

 Walk your talk. Get out there and help grow the community. Have integrity. Leave your ego at home. Tell us of your interest. Spread the word. Keep us posted of all your work. Make things happen.