• A Beginner’s Guide To Martinis (and Their Variations)


    Martinis for beginners. In the world of cocktails, the martini holds a special place. The mention of its name conjures its distinct glass and garnish, as well as images of its distinctive drinkers. People of influence  casually saunter to the bar and say, “Martini, please”:  businessmen and women, well-to-do housewives, and, of course, James Bond. The…

  • 7 Steps To Become An Absinthe Expert (or to act like one…)


    The US government legalized absinthe more than a decade ago, but mystery and misunderstanding still surrounds the spirit. So we decided to help a bartender out and offer seminars on the worthy drink. Absinthe, also known as the ‘green fairy,’ is a beautiful and unique spirit with a colourful history. But people always ask us,…

  • Interview for success: The art of staffing your bar


    Your bartender represents YOU, YOUR brand, and YOUR business. Patrons frequent or avoid  establishments just like yours solely because of the bartender. So how do you find someone who represents your culture well? How do you interview and then hire the right candidate? More importantly, how do you weed out the wrong candidates? Let’s talk…

  • A Stump in the Grove: Honouring BC’s Majesty with a Cocktail


    The Story of our Cathedral Grove Inspired Cocktail: a Stump in the Grove We Love the Wild, Ancient Trees of Vancouver Island The unexpected encounters with creatures of the forest; the grandeur of massive groves of ancient cedars and firs.  This is why we decided to create a cocktail based on this beautiful piece of…

  • Your Bar Website: Learning Experience or Time Suck?


    You’re in the hospitality business, not the website business… I’ve been working on the Nimble Bar website off and on for about 4 months now. While I’ve made some pages that look really nice, the truth is that I’ve spent WAY too much time on this thing. It’s like I engage in some masturbatory form of…

  • How to Conduct an Interview: Asking Powerful Questions


    When you ask people questions that have been curated just for them, you give them the power to step into their own space and express themselves. You’re also saying to them: “hey, I really give a shit.” This is a pure form of hospitality. We’ve noticed that because we spend our time catering to folks…