"We want to know everybody's name that walks in this door - what they drink, who they are or something about them. "
Hometown: Carol Stream, Illinois
Years Behind the Bar: 2
What makes a good bartender?
Our goal is to focus on customer service. We want to know everybody's name that walks in this door - what they drink, who they are or something about them. We take a lot of pride in that.
What do you like about bartending?
It's really nice being in the scene all the time and getting to know people and networking. I guess I just like making people happy.
What drinks do you enjoy making?
I love our Shot Club because it's really dirty. I can really have fun with the word play on it. Sometimes bachelorette parties will come in and get the B--- Job. The guys who came back from Iraq will come in and I'll give them Reach Around or something stupid. [Laughs.] The funniest one is the B--- Job because you can't use your hands.
What would you be doing if you weren't bartending?
I'd still be in school, because I'm going back for my MBA next fall. Bartending is the easiest job I could get making as much money as I could and be able to still have fun while I work instead of working full time and being dead-tired all day long and then going to school at night.
What is the crowd like here?
Oh God, it so varies. It's just a big melting pot of everybody - everybody's always welcome in here.
Do you offer happy hour specials?
We don't believe in creating a special just to cater to those people who get here before 7, so we always have specials. If you walk in at 1:50 in the morning, it's the same price as 4 o'clock in the afternoon. We just think that's fairer.
What do you like to drink?
PBR and Jameson. I love whiskey. Jameson is a different kind of whiskey, though. It hits the back of your tongue and it's really sweet, but it has that smoke flavor.
What do you like to listen to when you're drinking?
I listen to so many different things. The new Rise Against is in my car right now - that gets me pumped. If I'm in the party mood, I'll listen to Social D.
What's the best cure for a hangover?
A liter of Gatorade. If you have a sick stomach, bitters and soda - chug it.