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About the Movie
Directed by award winning filmmaker, Doug Tirola (An Omar Broadway Film, All In – The Poker Movie) and featuring a number of the world’s renowned bartenders and cocktail drinkers. Hey Bartender! is a love story to the cocktail and the people who make them. The film gives insider access to the most exclusive bars in New York chronicling the story of the comeback of the cocktail and the rebirth of the bartender. Also features commentary from some of New York City’s best cocktail hosts including Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The drinks and their consumption look mighty glamorous in "Hey Bartender," Douglas Tirola's tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.
Fresh: The colorful, fast-paced documentary "Hey Bartender" celebrates the renaissance of the craft cocktail and the men and women who mix them with rock star aplomb.
Rotten: This isn't the cocktail doc enthusiasts are waiting for.
Fresh: What carries the doc is Tirola's expansive, democratic spirit-his understanding of the value of bar as meeting place, not just a stage for bitters and booze.
This documentary reveals the reemergence of the cocktail culture beautifully. I caught a screening of this movie at the Village East Cinema and loved it so much that I had to email the movie studio to find out when it would be become available for download. They quickly replied that it's already on iTunes and I in turn quickly proceeded to purchase and download it.
This documentary grabs you from the start and doesn't let go as you follow the lives of 2 very different bartenders. One a bar owner of a popular neighborhood bar in Connecticut. One an up and coming bartender at a world class cocktail bar in NYC.
I feel this documentary legitimizes the bartending profession. Something the general public and society needs to know and truly appreciate.
Whether you're into the "liquid culture" or not if you can catch a screening of this movie in a theater in your hometown you will not be disappointed. I promise you'll be compelled to download it once you get home as I did.
I am a bartender, and I was hesitant to watch this movie but the trailer did not appeal to me. When I finally gave in, I realized quickly that I was right in the first place. The bartender and other "experts" interviewed just seem like the type of persons that I would never want to interact with. I really can't believe these people are bartenders, they are all so smug and have a very self aggrandizing way about them. I would never want to order a drink from these people, let alone watch an entire film about them. The majority of the film focuses on a bar in New York called employees only, and when I say focuses, it is about 90% of the film, now unless you live in New York, who really cares?! There is nothing interesting, and really not much history about the art of bartending. The ONLY positive thing in the film is a bar owner from Connecticut, and how he loves his job and hates it at the same time. Just when his story starts to get interesting, they cut back to employees only (ugh!). This film is just a lot of patting on the back, and people taking their jobs way too seriously. Like a great woman once said "we're serving food and drinks here, it's not rocket science", well these people seem to think it is.
A lot of passion!!!
This movie related to the alcohol,liquor and spirit. A lot of passions and story of each bartender that behind the bars. As Rome doesn't build in one day the great bartender as the same. Sweat and tear behind the bar to make a perfect drink. I am so delightful after watched this movie.