Guest post by Kelly Millspaugh
Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.
It’s 5pm and you walk out of your office completely beat. Where do you go? Happy Hour of course, but do you want just any drink or do you want something a little more special?
“You are 100 different things to 100 different people” one of the bartenders, featured in the documentary HEY BARTENDER asserts as he discusses his career. On any given night in any given city a bartender could be acting as a life coach, grief counselor, or mediator. These individuals are all of those things, but they are also artists and craftsmen.
In the past 10 years, the cocktail has had a resurgence in popularity and as a result cocktail lounges and speakeasy like bars have been popping up all over the country. Bartenders are educated, driven, and passionate about creating unique drinks and experiences for their customers. HEY BARTENDER gives you a brief glimpse into the world of craft cocktails and the men and women who create them. Having visited The Libertine here in Indy it is easy for me to see how this culture is growing. These bars are usually a little smaller and cozier than your loud sports bar with big screen TVs and neon lights. The thing that is inviting about these establishments is the intimate and romantic vibe of having a cocktail made just for you. Watching the complicated and intricate process that is used to create your drink is a lot more enticing than someone simply popping the top off a beer and sliding it across the bar.
It may be easy for some people to dismiss bartending as a culinary art but after watching this documentary I am definitely a believer. These individuals deserve to be taken seriously for what they are doing and the craft they have mastered. So sit back and relax with your cocktail and enjoy learning more about what goes on behind the bar.
The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for HEY BARTENDER.