Pour Spout Review: Spill Stop 285-50

Pour Spouts ain’t really sexy, but every bartender uses them. In this review, I talk about the two most popular types of pour spouts: the Spill Stop 285-50 Metal Pourer and the Spill Stop Plastic Pourer.

You can watch the review of me bumbling on about pour spouts (I may have had a drink or two before this) but the nuts and bolts boil down to this:

Spill Stop 285-50 Metal Pourers are the standard for most bars and flair competitions.

Spill Stop Plastic Pourers are perfect for everyday practice.

The 285-50 metal pourers are consistent in their pour and they work like a pour spout should – perfectly every time. They’re usually around $1 apiece. They should last a long time for with normal bartending use; however, flair bartenders can go through them like popcorn if they’re not careful. They are made up of 3 pieces which can come apart when they’re banged up or slammed on the floor – which is what we flair bartenders occasionally do. Unfortunately, they will also stab you like a mother#$%$ and make your palm bleed if you catch them wrong. Which is why…

Plastic pour spouts are perfect for everyday practice. They’re made up of 1 piece of molded plastic, so they’re durable as heck. They’re also cheap – usually about $5-7 for a 25-pack. They also come in all kinds of pretty colors which is nice, if that’s your thing. The only reason I don’t prefer these for working behind a bar or during a competition is that they often suffer a “hiccup” if you turn the bottle upside down to pour too quickly. If liquid rushes at the pour spout all at once (when turned upside down quickly), it can take the air a second or two to enter the bottle through the spout, causing a slightly annoying pause before pouring. In general, they work just fine for most scenarios but when you’re flipping bottles or moving really fast, they can slow down your game.

Practice with the plastic, perform with the metal.


Review of BarChefs.com and their Two Tier Bottle Display

The folks at BarChefs were kind enough to send me one of their PRO Series 24″ Bottle Displays. This thing is awesome. Lights up in every possible way imaginable, from a static color to rotating between colors, fading in and out, speeding up or slowing down. The display is made of plastic – not acrylic – so it won’t fade. I can honestly say this is the nicest bottle display I’ve ever worked with.

They hand make everything – from bottle displays to tables to signs to tip jars and beyond – so they can custom make just about anything you’re looking for. If you’re looking for some well-made, eye-catching bar equipment check out BarChefs.com!

Product Review: Speed Opener with Spinner Ring


No way around it, if you are a bartender you spend a good part of your night opening bottles of beer. There are dozens of different types of bottle openers out there: this is the bottle opener that I have used for over 10 years. It’s the simplest and the best. Sometimes referred to as a Mamba or a Popper, the Speed Opener is a cheap and effective bottle opener, perfect for opening one bottle of beer or dozens in succession. They retail between $3-4, though you can find some fancy, decorated ones for upwards of $10-12. Get the fancy ones if you want, but the cheaper ones work just as well. The Speed Opener is required hardware not just for flair bartenders, but for every bartender.

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Product Review: 28 oz. Weighted or Unweighted Tin

The standard mixing tin for bartenders and flair bartenders alike, the 28 oz. weighted or unweighted tin is the perfect tool not just for mixing a cocktail, but for entertaining your guest with some smooth flair bartending moves. When you shop around online, you may see 16 oz, 18 oz, 28 oz, and larger sizes – the key is to get the 28 oz tin for the standard cocktail/flair tin. The smaller oz. tins are meant for capping off the 28 oz. tin while you shake the drink, and the larger ones are usually meant as novelties to pour ridiculously large amounts of booze at one time. Continue Reading » Product Review: 28 oz. Weighted or Unweighted Tin

Product Review: FlairCo Practice Bottles

What can I say about the FlairCo Bottles? Whatever I say here won’t quite capture how revolutionary these bottles were for the sport of flair bartending. When I first started to learn to flip bottles, I saw these online and thought, “Why spend $25 on some plastic bottles when I can just bring home empties from work and practice with those.” That worked for a few months. Then one day, while I was trying to figure out a 2 bottle move, the two empty bottles I’d been using collided in mid-air and shattered into a million pieces, leaving broken glass all over my living room floor. No joke, I went directly to my computer and ordered 2 of these before I went back to spend an hour picking up broken glass before my roommate got home. Continue Reading » Product Review: FlairCo Practice Bottles