Bartenders say cheers to ‘Onthebar’ app

Isaac Sussman, who works at the Independent in Somerville, uses the new applicationn that helps users track their favorite bartender.

Having a bartender you can trust to make your favorite cocktails is as important as having a consistent barber or tattoo artist, according to some Hub drink mixologists.

“I go to one person to cut my hair, and I wait if I have to,” said Alex Homans, bar manager at Temple Bar. “Same goes for becoming a bar regular -— you have that exclusive relationship with your bartender.”

Homans said if a bartender he likes disappears from a certain spot, he is less likely to go back there.
But two Boston buddies are solving that predicament using a smart phone app they developed called “OntheBar.”

Using the free phone download, customers can “find, favorite and follow” Boston’s best bars and bartenders.

“We’re giving visibility to the people who really care about their craft and who work tirelessly to create the best possible experiences for their customers,” said co-creator Ian Stanczyk.

Stanczyck launched the app two months ago with cocktail connoisseur TJ Connelly.

“It’s about the relationship between the patron and the bartender — it’s someone you come to know,” said Connelly. “You see them once or twice a week and I think [this] adds to the experience a lot.”
Bartenders use the app to check in when their shifts start, said Connelly, allowing regulars to plan their night accordingly.

Isaac Sussman, bartender at The Independent in Somerville, said it’s a great tool for both the customer and the drink maker.

Safety first

Connelly said an early concern was voiced about stalking certain bartenders if they were female, so the duo developed privacy controls if the problem is ever presented.
   
“We don’t add anything to that kind of problem,” he said.

Follow Steve Annear on Twitter @steveannear.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.