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MEET THE BARTENDER

May 03, 2016 04:39AM ● Published by Sophie Johnson

What’s a typical day like for you? I work weekdays 11am to 5pm. There are two parts of my day: setting up the bar while I listen to my music (Bob Marley and 50 Cent right now) and putting on a lunch-time show for customers.

Your Yelp reviews are stellar, what does it take to put on that show? Rhythm and stage presence. I perform the whole time I’m behind the bar. My bar back and I were just saying, “We dance without music.”

How did you get into bartending? I started as a coffee barista, then a server and then became a bartender working in resort areas like Tahoe, Orlando and Vegas. I like the bar because you have an audience at all times.

What’s special about your current job? At the resorts, you only see customers once. At Walnut Creek Yacht Club, I have a ton of regulars—people who come to see me two, three, four times a week. My regulars are my buddies.

Do you drink when you work? I only drink water. I used to party, but now I’m creating the party and making a living at the same time. It’s a win-win. People ask, “Can I buy you a drink?” I reply with a laugh, “Give me the cash instead.”

How much do you make? I rely mostly on tips. With the support of my regulars, this is a career.

What’s your least favorite drink to make? Any blended drink!

Since you often see couples on dates, do you have any dating advice? Don’t get sloppy drunk. It’s not a good look.

What suits you about your job? I like it that the end of the day really is the end of the day; you start fresh tomorrow. I have practiced yoga for 17 years and it keeps me grounded and it keeps me positive.

What should people ask a bartender?  “What do you recommend?” At the Walnut Creek Yacht Club, it’s all about the Mai Tais. They’re delicious! You can taste all the rum and it’s a ‘glass o’ fun!’ BY SOPHIE JOHNSON

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