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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Skip the movie and go buy yourself a drink instead. show more

  • 40
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 50
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique. show more

  • 38
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Here’s a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    You’re probably better off heading to an actual watering hole than patronizing Douglas Tirola’s humdrum doc on the art of the cocktail. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 60
    Andy Webster The New York Times

    [A] tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists. show more

  • 50
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    For all his attention to the exactitude of creating righteous cocktails, Tirola never quite nails a specific structure, focus or theme. show more

  • 75
    Nick Schager The A.V. Club

    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. show more

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