Event: Wedding Reception, Watkinsville, GA
Time: 4-9pm (arrived at 2pm)
In regards to drink preparation and core bartending skills, David Fire is good. I hired Mr. Fire as the primary bartender for my wedding reception's open bar and he arrived extremely early, which was a big relief. Prior to my wedding, Mr. Fire eagerly offered his expertise in supply recommendations, types of homemade drink syrups he could make (for extra charge of course), as well as created a custom made menu (iPad) for our wedding reception's specialty cocktails. His excellent communication, helpful advice, delicious drinks, and willingness to bartend as long as he did on a cold night is what got him the "Good" review score I gave.
With that said, I am unable to give Mr. Fire an "Outstanding" rating as I asked a large portion of my wedding guests on what they thought of Mr. Fire's bartending performance since I was unable to be around for most of reception due to groom obligations. Many of my guests found Mr. Fire to be a little too forceful in conversations about his business and background. These guests advised they were put off by what seemed to be sale pitches and/or bragging when all they wanted was a quick drink. I also had reports of Mr. Fire telling people to not drink the wine or other drinks, but rather focus on the pre-made specialty drinks he had a hand in preparing. The premade cocktails he had made were indeed good, don't get me wrong, but I was a little upset by the fact my guests were coerced away from the drinks they initially wanted and/or asked for.
In conclusion, Mr. Fire performed his duty as requested, but my guests found his un-modest personality to be a little off-putting. I believe that if Mr. Fire can improve his people skills, he'll go from a "good" bartender to an "outstanding" one.