- 6 years ago
Playing tracks by
Billie Holiday, Electric Wire Hustle, Lyre le temps, Parov Stelar, Chinese Man and more.
~George Augustus Sala wrote in 1853:
The barkeeper is a scholar and a gentleman, as well as an accomplished artist, captain of a fire company, and, I believe, a man of considerable property, and unapproachable skill in compounding and arranging these beverages, and making them not only exquisite to the taste, but delightful to view. His drinks are pictures. The barkeeper and his assistants possess the agility of acrobats and the prestidigitative skill of magicians. They are bottle conjurors – They toss the drinks about; they throw brimful glasses over their heads; they shake the saccharine, glacial and alcoholic ingredients in their long thin tubes; they scourge eggs and cream into froth; they send bumpers shooting down the bar from one end to the other without spilling a drop; they give change, they talk politics, tell quaint anecdotes, swear strange oaths, smoke, chew and expectorate with astonishing celerity and dexterity. I should like to be a barkeeper, if I were clever enough.