Five Flairtending Fails: Juggling, Balancing, and Fire-Breathing

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The holidays mean hosting parties, and parties mean booze (at least the fun ones), and booze means playing bartender, at least for the night. Knowing you're so far beyond premixed store bought drinks, we're guessing you'll be trying to impress the guests with your flashy bartending skills. Hey, maybe you'll even thinking about busting out the big guns and trying a trick or two.

Around here, we call that flairtending and in case you haven't found out, it can be a lot harder that it looks. Amateur hour at the bar never turns out well and when it comes to the big show and brazen tricks, we've found evidence even the pros can mess up from time to time.

Presenting five flairtending fails -- inspiration for the holiday party season.

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We have so many questions after watching this fail. First of all, why are you opening a bottle of champagne in a warehouse? Second, why is there a sword conveniently available on hand in said warehouse? Regardless, it makes for an entertaining fail and a reminder that flying corks are dangerous enough. Leave the swords, machetes and all other sharp objects to the pros.


We generally love juggling fails, so mix in a little alcohol and it's a recipe for Internet gold. This guy seems pretty damn talented . . . until he nails the poor camera guy in the face. Great job, Butterfingers.


This bartender manages to redeem himself in the end, but the first attempt at a fire blowing trick falls pretty short of cool. On the bright side, there are so many things that can go horribly wrong with the mixture of fire and alcohol that he should count himself lucky to be walking away unharmed -- well, except for his bruised ego.

Balancing Act

The irritating self-promoting at the beginning of the video only makes it all the better that this corny performer totally fails. We still don't understand how a trick like this actually happens (seriously though, gravity? Logic? Come on!) and we're definitely not willing to risk a face full of glass and drinks to find out.

Pouring Shots

Not really sure why anyone would need to pour a dozen shots at once other than to impress the ladies, but we're pretty such this backfired. There's something to be said for waiting the appropriate amount of time for your drink. Especially when the alternative is getting sticky, shitty drinks all over your lap and having to wait twice as long as the bartender remakes your drink.

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