How to Do Flair Bartending Columns

Learn how to do flair bartending columns from mixologist / flair bartender Chris Cardone in this Howcast video.

Hi. I’m Chris Cardone. I’m from the Flair Bartender Association and I’m going to show you how to do columns. Now columns is essentially juggling with one hand. So what you’re going to do is you’re going to have two bottles working with one hand and they’re going to be going on a pattern. Now the concept of the pattern is to go out away from your body. So the first bottle’s going to come up and sort of go that way with kind of a gentle release to go that direction.

So it’s going to come up and come down. And as that one comes down, it’s out of the way of the next one to go. And it just kind of goes in that pattern of coming up, coming up, and coming up and just over and over and over again but it’s one-handed juggling. The other thing is how to start it. You basically are just going to hold your bottles in what was known as a lobster grip many years ago, kind of because you have three fingers, and you basically are going to grip the bottle like that. You’re going to release the first bottle with a snap of a wrist.

So you’ll hold it basically like that and snap your wrist to release the first bottle. And then when the bottle hits its apex and starts making its way down that’s when you release the second bottle. When you’re done, you’re going to essentially catch them in the same way using those three fingers. So you’ll catch the first bottle and then the second bottle will catch the same way essentially. So to give you an idea of how this works we’re going to throw this up and just go in that pattern. And that is how you do a two bottle column.