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  • Summary: Hey Bartender looks at how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail by focusing on two bartenders. After being injured a Marine turns his goals to becoming a rock star bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A former bank executive who bought the corner bar in his hometown struggles to keep it afloat in a community that no longer values a place where everyone knows your name. Featuring the most famous bartenders in the world along with unprecedented access to the most exclusive bars in New York City and commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco. Expand
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  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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 6, 2013
    [A] tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 3, 2013
    Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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! Expand