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Monday Masters: Igniting a Classic

Monday Masters: Igniting a Classic

I promised that when I had the opportunity to have a conversation with a great bartender, I’d write a Monday Masters post. Movie Bars will be back next week. I’ve been spending some time recently in Bordentown, NJ at a bar and restaurant called Marcello’s. I knew from the first time I met Andy Angellella that he was the kind of bartender that I absolutely love. For me, it all begins with the greeting and being made to feel comfortable. And important, as if I am the only person sitting at the bar, even

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Monday Masters: The Negative Space

Monday Masters: The Negative Space

I am hoping that it does not come as too much of a disappointment that the bartender with whom we’ll be having a conversation this week just happens to be me. I tried very hard to line up someone else for today’s post, but wow, bartenders are definitely a busy bunch. I’ll keep working on it for next week, and if my luck doesn’t change, then the Monday Masters posts may happen monthly rather than weekly, with another series filling the spaces in between. In all honesty, I’m rather happy to be the one doing

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Monday Masters: Silent Spring

Monday Masters: Silent Spring

I have often said that one of my favorite moments of any evening out is when I first sit down at the bar. It’s all about grabbing a really good spot, settling in, and anticipating everything that the night has to offer. In order for that particular moment to be all that it can be, several key components have to fall into place. First off, I’d better be sitting in an awesome bar, with an amazing vibe, and an aesthetic that makes me feel like I’ve been transported to someplace incredible. Secondly, I need a cocktail list that really intrigues me. But even when these two factors are in place, things can all fall apart rather quickly if the bartender isn’t engaging or makes me feel less than welcome or comfortable. In fact, I like to think of the bartender as the element of this equation that holds it all together.

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