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.

Mixologist-or-bartender

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 abarabove.com 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.

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