You need a stronger constitution than I to run a bar review website. It’s not the liquor that got to me, though – it’s that bar reviews are almost meaningless within months of being written. Possibly weeks.
Allow me to explain.
For starters, it’s the bartenders that make the bar – not the other way around. They’re the ones that can make the difference between a friendly greeting or a sneer when you order that Brandy Alexander. They can make a martini taste sublime or disgusting. They can offer sympathy when your date stands you up, or look at you as if you’re something unflushable in their toilet bowl. Yet these days bartenders come and go. They are a fickle bunch that, much like geese, migrate on a regular basis.
A bar review written just a month ago might now be out of date. Bar Zine would have been better if I followed bartenders rather than bars, but I’d probably be arrested if I did.
And then bars – and their menus – and service – can change dramatically shortly after launch. Most bloggers and reviewers will jump on a bar as soon as it opens, but that’s not a good indicator of how that bar will turn out. Continue reading