Is ‘mixologist’ a pretentious job title?

7th April, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

While some members of the on-trade see the title of mixologist as a sign of skill and experience, others see it as pretentious and unnecessary – we put the question to two debaters.


Are you bartender, or mixologist?

As bartending gains in prestige across the globe and standards continue to soar, more and more members of the on-trade are referring to themselves as a “mixologist”.

But this term is not without controversy as many self-defined bartenders claim the title is not only unnecessary, but is also often undeserved.

So, is it appropriate to use the term “mixologist” or does “bartender” suffice? Do you mix or tend bar? Live to serve or shake? Our debaters deliberate the contentious question.

On this panel sits Chris Tunstall, founder of and James Connolly, former head bartender at Perth, Australia’s Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Which of our revered judges do you agree with? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe today to get each issue of The Spirits Business as soon as it's published, plus all the latest breaking news and access to our library of back issues.

Subscribe Today!

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about the international spirits industry every weekday lunchtime (GMT)