The Kilburn Flair…

The earliest record of a flair bartender is legendary/epic barman Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, who poured fiery streams of boiling water and flaming whisky and mixed an original cocktail called the Blue Blazer in the late 19th century.

Over the years flair bartending has become a popular part of our drink culture, a sought-after talent among venue owners and marketers to help advertise a liquor product or increase cocktail sales at their establishments, to enhancing overall guest experiences with quirky, yet skillful visual entertaining.

My adventures with Mr. C have given me a new found respect for bartenders. Matt and Jono are both excellent bartenders who demonstrate ‘working flair’ well, but who’s the daddy?


  1. Hi Julian…We are thinkink of having the Kilburn Flaire part 2 in a few months time after Christmas/NYE. Will keep you posted of further details…in the meantime keep practising!….Father!!!


  2. i don’t really get the association between jerry thomas and the blazer and the flair bartending in county kilburn..


  3. Thanks a lot Ricky, that was really interesting. I prefer Matt , even though Jono was amazing as well. Great blog by the way…keep up the good work!!!


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