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    best bartenders

    Hi, I would like to hear who you think are Aruba's very best bartenders--- not just those good with mixing cocktails, but those who really take it to a new level of skill and expertise.

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    Ferdinand over at the Marriott Ocean Club's Waves Bar and Santiago over at the Marriott Resort lobby bar.

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    My vote is for Lionel and Marina from the beach bar at the Bucuti Beach Resort.
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    This is tough because I have several. My drink is simple: Jack Daniel's and club soda, some ice. So skill here is perhaps not properly evaluated. What matters most to me is a bartenders ability to converse, to keep people talking to each other, and never let a dull moment out of the box.

    THEREFORE: Cornelius at Charlie's Bar is a favorite. Been there a long time, puts up with me sometimes for 4 or 5 hours at a time, 4 or 5 times in a row.

    AND: Rene at Astoria Hotel Bar and Restaurant. Yeah, I know he said good things about me but it's true, this guy is tops with conversation and can do it in 3 languages. He also is a whiz with the computer jukebox and has encyclopedic knowledge of 80's music that stretches both sides of the decade.

    THEN: There's Eison, who I'm not sure if he's still at the Hyatt Beach Bar or not. He was tons of fun without being goofy.

    I WON'T MENTION: A few others because it would make me look like a drinking fool.

    BY THE WAY: This is an excellent thread. After all, a good drink is a good drink but a great bartender makes all the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SanNic44 View Post
    After all, a good drink is a good drink but a great bartender makes all the difference.
    That is an excellent statement.

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    Erwin at La Quinta hands down. He has the trophy to provid it too. Won best caribbean bartender and went to New Zealand to represent.

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    Have to agree about Erwin...he rocks, we were there for girls 50th...and he had us down on our hands and knees all 12 of us in a row with our hands behind our backs drinking "Spank the Monkey" with only our mouths to get the shots to our lips. Any bartender that can do that with a bunch of women has to be the best !!!!!
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    The Bartenders At The Hyatt - Every Drink They Make Is A Creation And Not That Pre-made Mix Stuff!!

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    I need to get out more often! I had no idea there was a drink called Spank the Monkey. Is that for real? And if so, what is it?
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    REALLY love Carmen at the Tamarijn! She is the true spirit of the Aruban people.

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