The Art of the Bar


I thought you all might find this project as wry and grotesquely beautiful as I do and enjoy is just as much. Photographer Alyssa Blumstein is a restaurant server in New York City and has been documenting the "slop bucket" behind the bar there during each shift in a series of instagram posts.

She says, "Like many small bars short on space, without room for a dump sink, the restaurant I work at discards customers' drink remains in a bucket behind the bar. When I first began working there years ago, I fell in love (and disgust) with the ever changing beauty of discarded cocktails collected in the slop bucket. Less of a comment on current food and drink photography, and more an extension of it, The Slop Bucket Series was born. Nearly 400 slop buckets later, I still love returning to work and seeing what's waiting for me behind the bar."

When my feed is filled with perfectly styled, gorgeous cocktails, I love the juxtaposition of the gnarly beauty of Alyssa's slop buckets to provide a note of hilarity. Her titles like "I Lost My Manolo Blahniks in the Gowanus Canal slop" and "Advice Column slop" are equally amusing.

xo meg