Robotic bartender next big thing in cocktails

It may be the bartender of the future and it comes with a fancy French name: Monsieur.
December 30, 2013 9:50:00 PM PST
For those heading out on the town to celebrate the New Year in style, they might encounter something never seen before -- a robot making drinks, in place of a real bartender. It may be the bartender of the future and it comes with a fancy French name: Monsieur.

"It's always great to see somebody use the machine for the first time. When they press that order button and their drink is kind of 3D printed right there," said Monsieur CEO Barry Givins.

Givens says monsieur mix a cocktail in six seconds. A decent bartender would take close to a minute.

"It's kind of like, 'whoa whoa wait, my drink is done already?'" said Givens.

But Givens doesn't want to replace bartenders any more than those single cup coffeemakers want to replace coffee shops. Instead, he wants to put Monsieur where there is no bartender; in luxury boxes at sports arenas and the pricey bottle service areas at nightclubs.

"We've received requests from nightclubs in Bulgaria, hotel chains in Greece," said Givens.

Though Monsieur has had interest from entertainment venues around the world, its makers are betting the first place you'll run into one is actually at somebody's home.

"A guy who's having poker night at his home every Friday, all the way up to someone who has an expensive bar in their home; or they want to put it on their yacht or their jet," said Givens

Ranging from $1,700 up to 4,000, there's even a model that runs on batteries to go out by the pool. Each theme has its own list of ingredients and people can control the amount of alcohol content in their cocktails.

"A lightweight drink, which would reduce the alcohol by 10 percent, or you could choose a boss drink, which would increase the alcohol by 10 percent," said Givens.

Monsieur has an app that remembers how you like your drinks, recommends new ones, estimates people's blood alcohol content and helps them call a cab.

But until that time comes, Givens is betting people will enjoy every moment. A robot never messes up a drink.

"Every time I press Long Island Iced Tea, it's pouring me the exact same drink," said Givens.

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