A growing number of restaurants are adding tableside bar service, offering guests the experience of watching experts create their cocktails. Eateries that don't have big bars find the solution adds to the dining experience. "When you don't have a bar itself, so much of the show and experience is the sound of the shaking drink, the look of it being poured into the glass," said Toby Maloney of Alchemy Consulting. "There's something so very visceral, and that's one of the great things about being able to do tableside service."

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