I wrote a Bartender Mac App PSA a day before Ben Surtees, the original developer of Bartender wrote about the sale and state of the app: A New Chapter for Bartender

While I’m less concerned despite the fumbled app handoff, I found an open-source Bartender alternative called Ice that is worth bringing up.

Ice is a powerful menu bar management tool. While its primary function is hiding and showing menu bar items, it aims to cover various additional features to make it one of the most versatile menu bar tools available.

Ice’s source code is available on GitHub and is actively developed.

Ice seems like a more than reasonable alternative if you have lost faith in Bartender or are tired of the drama. As a bonus, it’s also in Homebrew.