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Bartender Chapter 52 – Cocktail Competition (Part 1)


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Drink of the Day:

Gin & It

  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 1/2 oz Gin

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

The long-awaited cocktail competition finally begun! Although the story has been focused on this competition for the last 4 chapters, we don’t have much information about the competition. The only thing we know is that it will be held at Hotel Bishop, and Kurushima intends to use this chance to find a good bartender. In this chapter, they explained a few rules, such as not being able to use a measuring glass; however, we still don’t know anything about the contestants or the restrictions on entry. There doesn’t seem to be anything that’s preventing a veteran to join. But from the looks of it, the competition is a lot smaller than expected. There’s only 8 contestants, and none of them looks like pro. Yuri and Kawakami are the most composed, and it seems like it’s down to those two to see who will win.

There are instances in Bartender where Sasakura said some weird things, or the connections he try to make is too far. What he said in the end about bar counter being a live is just a bit too cryptic for my own taste. I know what he’s trying to say, but there’s no reason to explain it like that. It’s not like he’s currently working, and trying to console a customer or anything that like. He’s just talking to Miwa, and it just feels like he can be more direct, and just come out and say “Kawakami screwed up because she saw Minami-san, which made her more nervous.”

Lastly, I think it’s kind of unfair that Kurushima changed the rules at the last minute. From the things they needed to do, it seems like not being able to use a newly opened bottle is a major disadvantage. It’s one that can completely alter the results of the competition. It’s definitely not something you can just brush off by randoming the contestant order.

Categories: Bartender
  1. Alex
    May 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    thanks for the new chapter!! ❤

  2. SilentArchangel
    June 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

    the suspense is killing me for how its gonna work out. I personally think she should continue with the proper ratio, even if it means losing. A martini must be perfect, you cannot allow such conditions to affect your bartender morals

  3. SilentArchangel
    June 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    and my personal opinion about the change of rules thing. Well, the person selected will be one of the main bartenders of the new hotel bar. If that person can’t even measure out 5 martini’s (most ordered drink in business setting) without a new bottle of gin, then there is a problem… Clearly, as contestants 1-4 showed, a lot of them are using cheap tricks to measure, which didn’t work cause of the rule change.

    Again, thanks for the translating. I would positively die without you

  4. Epistasthai
    June 3, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Thank you so much for bringing us these!!!

    It’ll be interesting to see how she deals with her mistake. One measurement of a professional is how they recover from a mistake. If a person can’t keep her head and recover from a mistake, then she’ll never become a true professional (in any field).

    Sasakura’s comments about the bar being alive were interesting. I think he was trying to say that everyone is human, no matter how good or professional they may be otherwise. And sudden joy, as well as sudden anger, or fear, will also affect a person. If he’d just said “Kawakami screwed up because she saw Minami-san” it wouldn’t explain the full range of emotion that she felt. She wasn’t simply nervous.

    Lastly, I think that the rule change is not really unfair. In a real bar, the bartender will not always work from a new bottle. Since this competition is going to help select the new bartender, it seems a reasonable change to make. After all, it is easy to measure from a full bottle. The trick is to take an opened bottle and measure from there. And I think that how a person recovers from a mistake is as important as other considerations.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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