7/03/2013 12:22:00 PM

"Hey Bartender" Goes Behind The Stick with Famous Mixologists


If bartenders are today’s rock stars, then it makes sense that everyone and their mom wants a turn behind the stick. A new documentary, Hey Bartender, chronicles the journey to achieve cocktail fame. The film, supported by William Grant & Sons and Hendicks Gin, features commentary from cocktail experts such as Dale DeGroff aka “King Cocktail,” Jim Meehan of Please Don’t Tell, Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey, and Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair Magazine and owner of Monkey Bar.

The stars of the film are two men on opposite sides on the bartending spectrum. Steve Schneider is a retired U.S. Marine who suffered a life-threatening injury just prior to his deployment to Iraq. He tirns his focus to becoming a principal bartender at Employees Only. Meanwhile, Steve “Carpi” Carpentieri, a former bank executive, struggles to keep his neighborhood bar in Westport, Connecticut. He ventures into the world of craft cocktails to save his business by buying into a trend. The two men collide at the annual cocktail conference in New Orleans called Tales of the Cocktail.

See all the shakes and spills and sloppy nights during a one-night-only screening of the film at Music Box Theater on July 8. The film starts at 8 PM, with a complimentary cocktail reception before and a Q&A after with director Douglas Tirola, star Jim Meehan and local bartenders. Tickets cost $10 and are available online. If you can't catch Monday night's show, the film returns to Chicago in September.

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