We normally write about things strictly related to bartending but this time we have something a bit more fun for you. While surfing the net we found a website dedicated to games reviews whit a unique rating system… It is really worth checking out!

What is
They like to drink, they like to game and they like to have fun. They run a show called Steam Shots, that reviews the last 5 titles released on Steam. They use their booze based rating system to quickly round up all the titles released on steam in a short and easy to consume video that won’t bore you to tears. They also attend conventions and interview developers, fans, cosplayers and drunk idiots about all sorts of stuff.


How does the rating system work?

The rating system is very informal . You probably know what games you want to play, so we try to entertain and inform you with our videos, rather than try to change your opinion of a game. The ratings describe how drunk we someone has to be to finish a game. When a game does something wrong, they drink, so the more we drink, the more the game did wrong.

1. Sober – We hardly had to drink to play this game. This game is probably good.

2. Buzzed – We drank a bit but overall the game isn’t too bad. It has flaws, but worth playing.

3. Drunk – The game probably isn’t good. You might like it if you are a fan of the genre, but you might want to skip it.

4. Wasted – This is our lowest score, this means we didn’t find anything worth playing in this game and decided to drink until we passed out. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Didn’t you use to do skits?

Yes, we tried to produce a lot of comedy skits, but it appears we are not very good at it. We won’t stop making them however, but we mainly focus on the Steam Shots show and covering conventions. I enjoy making videos with my friends, so we might sneak a few in from time to time, but only when I feel really sure you won’t hate it.

I have a game coming out on Steam, can we bribe you to cover it?

You don’t need to bribe us! We will cover everything, but if you want to save us the trouble, please contact me and help us cover your game. It’s the least you can do, do you know how expensive booze is? We are also always interested in running contests on the show, so if you got some extra Steam keys (Gabe gives you guys like a million, so reach out!)

Who Works on this site? was created by Brian Lee Jones and run with the help of Alyssa Tucker and our professional bartender/actor Jason Levy. We also work with many friends to produce the videos, from editing , to writing, voice work, on screen talent and more. We are a group of gamers that think the most important thing in life is to have fun and party. We are always interested in meeting new people and look forward to hearing from others that like to enjoy life and live it up to the fullest! Needs Your Help!

Please share the videos, tell your friends, tell game companies when our videos helped you make a purchase, tell us when we do something good or bad. We need help growing and reaching more gamers and we think our show is strong enough to become a featured show on YouTube, but we need your help. We can’t afford advertising! Show the world you want quality programming about games, not just people babbling over videos or nerds screaming!

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UB Free – Wine Preservative Neutraliser

Many people suffer after drinking wine and no one really realizes why. The answer is simple –  95% of wines contain sulphites (SO2) which can cause allergy-like symptoms such as rashes, headaches, restricted breath and IBS.

Free (added) Sulphur Dioxide CAN and DOES cause allergic like reactions in all types of people. Often people will say “I just cant handle wine the same as I used to”. Sulphites are a preservative designed to lock oxygen out of the wine to keep it in a pristine condition.  The problem begins when we then consume the sulphites and our bodies inability to digest them.

The body’s natural defence system combats these sulphites in a variety of ways, one of which is to release histamines and, as in most allergic reactions, it is the histamines that can cause allergic like symptoms – not the sulphites themselves.

Symptoms of sulphite ingestion can vary dramatically from person to person, although the most common is headaches, hot flushes, rashes, sickness and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  More acute symptoms are tightening of the skin, the restriction of breathing and closing of the throat and lungs.

Did you know that people who suffer from asthma are more susceptible to allergic reactions due to sulphites in wine.

UBfree reduces sulphites in wine to relieve headaches and allergy symptoms. It is fast-acting, odourless and tasteless.
UBfree’s patent-pending formula actually oxidises the wine, effectively giving it a shot of pure oxygen that neutralises the free sulphites. Furthermore, our unique blended formula also assists in reducing harmful effects that alcohol has on the liver. Read the UBfree Story to learn more about our research and technology.

There are differences in preservative levels between red and white wines. Did you know that some red wines have 70% less preservative than some white wines? This is why UBfree comes in 2 unique formulas; white and red.

UBfree is 100% naturally organic and meets the Food Safety Regulations for New Zealand and Australia.

If you’d like to learn more about UBfree please visit their website – , you’ll find all the answers to your questions there.


In review – a revolutionary product which will take away your headache – literally 🙂 . We strongly recommend it!

The Bartending News Flash Team

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The Secret to Long Life is…Booze?!

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Interesting Alcohol Facts

Interesting Alcohol Facts

Here are some interesting and fun facts about alcohol.

Hope you’ll enjoy them!
10. Texas state law prohibits taking more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
9. Abraham Lincoln held a liquor license and operated several taverns.
8. It is illegal to feed alcohol to Moose in Alaska and fish in Ohio.
7. In the 1600’s thermometer used to be filled with brandy instead of mercury.
6. Beer started selling in bottles starting 1850 and in cans starting 1935.
5. It is estimated that there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne.
4. The first recruting station of the U.S. Marines was a bar.
3. Alcohol doesn’t raise body temperature, it actually lowers it.
2. The pressure in a champagne bottle is three times the pressure in car tires.
1. Most vegetable and almost all fruits contain a small amount of alcohol in them.

Enjoy your cocktails and please remember to drink responsibly!

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Nightlife Maniac – Events, Music, Videos, and more!


Events, Music, Videos, and more!

Nightlife Maniac is a Nightlife Promotional Company, located in Miami, Florida.

Their main focus is on Miami’s nightlife but they are involved in many other type of events as well. They help tourists find their way to the best local clubs, and also help the locals get into their favorite clubs cheaper or even free.

Nightlife Maniac is working with a number of other partners in the industry and they always help the customers even when they don’t make any money off them.

The goal of the company is to make sure every one has a good time, weather it be at their events or not.


You can visit Nightlife Maniac’s website here – 

Official Facebook Page –

Twitter –

Stay tuned for an exclusive Phone App by Nightlife Maniac!

Mitch Alexander is the Founder & Owner of Nightlife Maniac, you can learn more visiting his website –

Enjoy your next night out in Miami with Nightlife Maniac!

Cheers 🙂

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Should Bartenders Only Drink Cocktails

A comment by Sasha Petraske in an interview recently got readers all riled up, when he suggested cocktail bartenders that order beer when they’re not working were hypocrites. Perfect fodder for a heated debate, we thought, so we asked two opinionated folk to come down on each side of the fence.



No, says Alec Dyson

First of all, I should state that I have enormous respect for Sasha and what he has achieved in the industry. But to say a cocktail bartender should only drink cocktails is ludicrous, akin to saying a butcher should only ever eat meat or a fishmonger only fish. It really is that narrow-minded.

I encourage my staff to try different cocktails, in particular to try cocktails they wouldn’t normally like/go for on a menu. After all, you can’t really sell a customer a drink if you don’t understand how its flavours combine and balance. However, to say cocktail bartenders should only drink cocktails totally dismisses the skilful arts of oenology, brewing and distilling, along with the flavours and experiences they can offer you, and – this is the key point of my argument – how those flavours and experiences could ultimately manifest themselves in cocktails. How can a bartender advance their knowledge and technique if they don’t expose themselves to a palate of raw ingredients or to other gastronomic and drinks trends?

Cocktails are wonderful things, truly wonderful. There is a cocktail for every occasion, every time of day and every day of the year. But there are also a wealth of other fantastic libations out there, and to drink them does not mean you “probably make bad cocktails”. On the contrary, it probably means that you make better ones, that your palate has experienced more tastes, flavours and textures, and to me that can only improve you as a bartender.

There’s nothing more I love after a shift, or in a pub with friends, than to drink a pint of ice-cold lager. And just a simple session lager, mind – nothing fancy. But that does not mean I make bad cocktails. To my mind, it is not a case of preferring cocktails over beer or wine, it is a case of enjoying them when you want them: there’s a drink for every person at every time, and that is the beauty of alcohol.

Bartenders should take pride in everything they make, from a French Martini to a pint of lager as well as everything in between. To dismiss the ‘simple’ drinks is disastrous and leads to a blinkered, snobbish attitude. And that definitely makes you a bad bartender.

Alec manages Booly Mardy’s in Glasgow

Yes, says Jacob Briars

Sasha has become famous and influential by having a clear vision for his bars and bartenders. It’s his rigorous dedication to preserving and maintaining the cocktail tradition that has made his bars so impactful. To that end, I agree cocktail bartenders should drink cocktails whenever appropriate and as often as possible.

At last year’s Tales of the Cocktail I participated in a hilarious debate moderated by the wonderful Claire Smith, the topic of which was ‘I Love/I Hate Cocktails’. I was a little shocked that the topic even came up. Who hates cocktails? And which masochists go to a festival that celebrates the cocktail, only to complain about them? Amazingly, many of the younger bartenders among us seemed to take pride in being ‘over’ cocktails before they have barely begun to drink them.

This might be understandable if they were out drinking fine wines and Calvados and single malt whisky. But they’re not. They’re drinking ironically crappy beers with a shot on the side. (Ironically, they’re probably just the sort who invented those rye+amaro+mescal with an Islay float drinks that you read so much about, but no one actually orders). To my mind, if you’re drinking beer in a bar like PDT, you’re taking up a seat that rightly belongs to a cocktail lover.

I go to bars to see craftsmen at work – people schooled in the art of controlling a room and reading the mood of guests, and crafting a drink perfectly tailored to fit them. Wine can be good and beer has its place, even highballs can be tasty, but you can drink them at home easily enough. Nothing can hit the spot like a well-made cocktail because nothing else is as perfectly tuned to that season, hour, bar and guest. My colleague Ian McLaren is fond of saying ‘asking a great bartender for a beer is like asking Gordon Ramsay for a microwave dinner’. (On that note, you don’t hear chefs denigrating their craft.)

Fundamentally, I think what Sasha was saying was that a good cocktail bartender respects and loves their craft. By going out and drinking each others’ cocktails it supports our peers and helps spread an appreciation of decent cocktails. And that makes us better bartenders.

Jacob is Bacardi’s Director of Trade Advocacy.

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Making Wine At Home Is Easy

In the NEXT 6 minutes, YOU can start making your own delicious wine from the comfort of your own home! How to Make Wine!

Over the last 20 years, Mike’s eBooks, videos, and seminars have shown thousands of people world wide how to make top quality wine at home using simple equipment and ingredients.

And – you can get started in the next 6 minutes!


Let me be honest with you…  Making wine at home is EASY.

Anyone, even if they can’t read, can do it.  Just get some juice, put in some sugar, then throw in some yeast and let ‘er rip.

10 to 30 days later, you’ll have something that slightly resembles wine.  It’ll taste like crap and none of your friends or family will touch it – but it WILL be wine and it will have alcohol in it.

Will it be full-bodied and clear? Nope. Will you wait with bated breath in anticipation of the tears of wine on the glass? Nope – it’ll be too thin and acidic. Will you taste the very sunshine that kissed the grapes as they hung on the vine?  Hardly…

Like many wine makers before you, you could spend thousands of dollars on how-to guides, chemicals, equipment, fruits, juices, grapes..

If you are truly ready to make real home-made wine, want it to be drinkable, want it to be appreciated by friends and family, want it to be award-winning…

You’re going to need a real, no-holds-barred Wine Making Course – written in plain English, and outlining every step you need to take to make the most amazing bottles of wine your palate has ever had the pleasure of savoring…

You need a Complete Home Winemaker’s Course  that’s step…by…step…


The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine and the Winemaker’s Inner Circledescribe and illustrate the simple step-by-step procedures for making perfect home-made wine. The best part is every guide is written in plain English without all the technical terms – written just like what you’re reading here – so it’s easy to understand and follow!

And to top it all off, you don’t have to wait weeks for delivery  – It’s ALL available right now for instant downloadable access! (everything is online and you can get it NOW)

Here’s a few comments from some of our thousands of  members worldwide…


Bryan from Western Australia – “I joined your Inner Circle training course a few weeks ago. I am a 77 year old pensioner and have never made wine in my life, they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but after watching your videos and reading some of your articles I’ve learnt so much in the last few weeks that I’m totally amazed. I can’t get over how helpful this information has been and it has given me the interest and drive to give it a go. “

“I just signed up but I have been making homemade wine for about 10 years now. I beleave the more you know the better the wine and as you stated “what goes around comes around”, also do unto others as you would have them do unto you. so I make wine and drink wine and give wine. To all Happy wine making.”   Bill on 10 Jun 2009 at 7:01 pm

“WOW, you are truly the man – Mike! Your attitude of giving – is one I have lived all of my life – or at leats attempted to. You truly are a class act. I am new to this wine making scene. I have been in the restaurant & catering business – and am now in corporate mgmt. The information you have here and in the Inner Circle is not only an abundance of knowledge – but everytime I have had a question – regardless of ho silly it may have seemed – you are always right like Johnny on the Spot with an answer. For that…THANK YOU!
I will starting my first batch in the next week.”
Cajun Wine Maker…Lee


You see, it took me more than 5 years to figure out through trial and error how to make a really good bottle of wine. I spent thousands of dollars getting it wrong – and when I say wrong… I mean making really, REALLY, bad wine during that time…

But if I had known then what I know now, I could have been making great wine for about 29 cents a bottle!

The day you open a bottle of that first really great batch… well, it’s almost like watching your child walk for the first time. That sense of pride and accomplishment – that feeling of doing something really monumental…

Nothing quite compares!

You see, the Inner Circle of 21st Century Home Winemakers is a compilation of everything every home winemaker needs to know. It is the culmination of everything I had to learn the hard way, laid out for you in plain English and Video so that you can start making truly fantastic wine right away!

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