From Emeril Lagasse to Paula Deen, whether famous or infamous, the celebrity chef is now such an enormous mainstay of American culture, we hardly remember it wasn't always that way. Self proclaimed foodies and the rise of the celebu-chef is a fairly recent phenomenon. Don't get us wrong - it's a phenomenon of which we hardily approve. We would, however, like to add another aspect to the celebrity line up -- the bartender.
Whether you're merely a weekend imbiber or there's a stool at your favorite bar that has your butt imprint worn into it, having a good barkeep/bar patron relationship can make the whole experience that much more pleasant. A good bartender knows his or her regulars, can anticipate their orders, and can prepare any cocktail by the book or with their own special flare. He or she knows your favorite drink -- or spirits -- your weekly habits, and has the perfect trick for cheering you up when you're feeling down.