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  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2013

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 5, 2013
    While incapable of comprehensively contextualizing the craze and only somewhat convincing in its portrait of the power of cocktails to reenergize the traditional local-dive scene, the documentary remains a succinct and lively tribute to the art of the drink—not to mention a handy compendium for those seeking a prime NYC joint to quench their thirst.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 6, 2013
    [A] tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.
  3. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Jun 5, 2013
    Watching the documentary Hey Bartender is like spending a night at a good bar: It's fun, easygoing, and it lasts just a little longer than it should. And the conversation, while delightful in the moment, often seems banal the next morning.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 13, 2013
    For all his attention to the exactitude of creating righteous cocktails, Tirola never quite nails a specific structure, focus or theme.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 3, 2013
    Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 7, 2013
    The film will attract the attention of a public that's increasingly educated about gourmet matters, but leave the most serious viewers unsatisfied. Fatally for a film of this sort, it doesn't leave the viewer wanting a drink.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 4, 2013
    You’re probably better off heading to an actual watering hole than patronizing Douglas Tirola’s humdrum doc on the art of the cocktail.
  8. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 6, 2013
    Here’s a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 6, 2013
    Skip the movie and go buy yourself a drink instead.
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  1. Jun 23, 2014
    Engaging, interesting, and definitely a must watch! I had no idea what I was missing out on. One of the best documentaries I have seen in a while! When you get the chance, watch it! Full Review »