It’s so multifaceted. You have to wear so many hats. You’re an expert on everything for the most part. You’re a part-time psychiatrist, a hairstylist, you give relationship advice. You just meet so many different people and nothing’s ever the same, ever. Every day is a new day.
What are your pet peeves about the job?
As much as I try to give attention to all of our customers, a bartender is always busy. Whether it’s prepping, counting alcohol, making sure we have cold beer. And then when you have on the managerial hat as well, you have to go do table checks and make sure the customers are happy while maintaining your bar.
And when your bar guests are asking for drinks, you also have a service bar as well, so you’re making drinks all over the place while making sure you don’t run out of anything. And since we use all fresh lime juice and lemon juice, I have to juice all of this stuff too [laughs]. It just doesn’t end.
What are your specialties or most popular cocktails?
Chill an Old Fashioned glass by filling it with ice. Let it sit while you move on to the next step.