Hey Bartender

Documentary • 92 min • Douglas Tirola
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This documentary about the comeback of the cocktail features some of the most well-known bartenders in the world and most exclusive bar in New York. Two aspiring bartenders are also followed, an injured Marine who decides to become a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world, and a young man who leaves his white-collar job to guy the corner bar in his hometown.

Director: Douglas Tirola
Writer: Douglas Tirola
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A doc on the art of the cocktail, shaken, not stirred.

The only thing we love more than a great cocktail is a great film, and "Hey Bartender" pours out a delicious mixture of both. What goes into a great cocktail aren't just the ingredients, but the artist behind the bar mixing them together. "Hey Bartender" focuses on the booming bartender-as-artisan trend, where establishments in cities like New York and Los Angeles have re-energized the art of the cocktail and created a resurgence in the popularity of the well-made drink.

The film features interviews with numerous bartenders, bar owners, and drink experts, but at its core are the interweaving fates of two individuals – a veteran bar owner and a success-hungry bartender. Each represents two sides of the industry and the state of the modern cocktail. The stories behind each of these real-life characters imbue the doc with depth and heart, and will make you reevaluate your notion of the trade. Trust us - after watching this, you won't order a drink the same way again.

Official Trailer


Dale DeGroff
as Himself
Jim Meehan
as Himself
Dushan Zaric
as Himself
Julie Reiner
as Herself
Danny Meyer
as Himself
Graydon Carter
as Himself
Amy Sacco
as Herself

About This Film

General Info

Release Year: 2013

Runtime: 92 Minutes

Country: United States (US)


South by Southwest Film Festival 2013


Producer(s): Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa

Editor(s): Robert Greene


Douglas Tirola

About Douglas

Douglas Tirola has directed two and produced six documentary films including HBO’s "An Omar Broadway Film" and the award winning "All In – The Poker Movie."

"An Omar Broadway Film" was Douglas’ first documentary as a director. It screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was aquaried by HBO. "Owning The Weather," which is based on an article from Harper’s Magazine, had its world premiere at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) and was released theatrically. "Kati With An I" follows a teenage girl leading up to her high school graduation. It screened at the DOC NYC Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Award. When the film opened in New York City it received a New York Times Critic’s Pick. "Making The Boys" had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. It also screened at Tribeca, Silverdocs and twenty other festivals. First Run Features released the film theatrically to universal rave reviews, including Critic’s Picks from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. "Fake It So Real" explores what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. The film received an Editor’s Pick from New York and New Yorker Magazine and opened nationwide in early 2012. "All In - The Poker Movie" explores the worldwide poker phenomenon. It received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at CineVegas and opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles Spring 2012.

Douglas' next film was "Hey Bartender" which tells the story of two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams behind the bar. The film had it's world premiere at the 2013 SXSW (South by Southwest).

Douglas created and served as Executive Producer of MTV’s television series "The X Effect." His screenplay "Victor in December," which he will also direct, was optioned by Oscar nominated producer Bob Balaban. "Victor in December" won a Writer’s Guild Award. Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount, Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, and New Line. Douglas has also worked on the production of many Hollywood movies as a location manager and production coordinator including "Billy Bathgate," "A League of Their Own," "Searching for Bobby Fisher" and "Mighty Aphrodite." He got his start in the film business as a production assistant on the film "When Harry Met Sally."

As President of 4th Row Films, Doug has created a company that utilizes independent filmmakers to produce award winning branding and marketing films. 4th Row Films has produced award-willing content for over 100 brands and their agencies including American Express, Avon, Coca-Cola, Ford, Hersheys, Absolut, Guinness Hendricks, and the NFL.