Bartender Chronicles: Meet Tommy from Brooklyn Bowl


Have you ever wondered what life is like for those kind and handsome people pouring shots behind the bar? This summer we’re bringing you a meet and greet with some of your favorite faces behind the bar at your favorite haunts. First up, the smiley and bearded Tommy Hinga, at Brooklyn Bowl, after the jump.

How long have you been a bartender? Where did you get your start?
It’s been five glorious years. I got my start at a TGI Friday’s in Rancho Cucamonga studying under renowned mixologist Winston Churchill.

How do you like it at Brooklyn Bowl?
I dig it. Live music, killer fried chicken, tasty local brews, bowling, and plenty of babes make for a pretty magical combination.

What are your favorite local beers that you serve?
Lately, I’ve been pretty keen on the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. It’s a saison that tastes like sunshine, and with an ABV of 7.6% it really gets me going!

What’s the worst way for a customer to get your attention?
I don’t really like when people grab me. It’s rarely enjoyable. Vigorous waving and/or aggressive hollering is not exactly my favorite approach, either. I think as a bar patron on a busy night it can be prudent to observe your surroundings, take a deep breath, and find solace in the notion that everything is going to be all right.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not tending bar?
Drinking at bars.


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