Five Flairtending Fails: Juggling, Balancing, and Fire-Breathing

Categories: Chow Bella

Lauren Gilger
Flairtending, the art of tending bar . . . with flair.

The holidays mean hosting parties, and parties mean booze (at least the fun ones), and booze means playing bartender, at least for the night. Knowing you're so far beyond premixed store bought drinks, we're guessing you'll be trying to impress the guests with your flashy bartending skills. Hey, maybe you'll even thinking about busting out the big guns and trying a trick or two.

Around here, we call that flairtending and in case you haven't found out, it can be a lot harder that it looks. Amateur hour at the bar never turns out well and when it comes to the big show and brazen tricks, we've found evidence even the pros can mess up from time to time.

Presenting five flairtending fails -- inspiration for the holiday party season.

See also:
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender
- Kahlúa Gingerbread: How to Make It Tolerable


We have so many questions after watching this fail. First of all, why are you opening a bottle of champagne in a warehouse? Second, why is there a sword conveniently available on hand in said warehouse? Regardless, it makes for an entertaining fail and a reminder that flying corks are dangerous enough. Leave the swords, machetes and all other sharp objects to the pros.


We generally love juggling fails, so mix in a little alcohol and it's a recipe for Internet gold. This guy seems pretty damn talented . . . until he nails the poor camera guy in the face. Great job, Butterfingers.

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