The Book!

In this compulsively readable guide to running a successful bar, Ramona Pettygrave Shah draws on over a decade of experience at the speed rail to dispense wisdom with a dash of wit. Delving into topics from time management to team cultivation to finances, she speaks with authority and clarity about the issues real-world bar managers and other employees face in a business with little room for error and lots of pitfalls to be avoided.

From the simplest neighborhood dive to the ritziest cocktail bar, from virgin barback to restaurant owner, there’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from Ramona’s sound advice. And while that advice is sometimes served with a twist of sarcasm, there’s always a no-nonsense straight-talk chaser.

By turns irreverent and profound, Straight Up: Real World Secrets to Running a Killer Bar is your guide to the attitude, organization, and teamwork necessary to absolutely crush it in the world of bartending and bar management.