When you hit your local watering hole, you’ve got questions about what really goes on there. Well, there’s no better way to get answers than to go directly to the source. We give you, below, our February tips for tips from those who know the scene best—bartenders. They do us a solid and give us a peak behind the mysterious bar veil.

“Tell us about your worst day while bartending.”


Where he presides:
No. 7 Restaurant, Fort Greene

Favorite Drink:
Harry Callahan

“I was working at a very busy bar, which only had one bartender and one barback. More often than not, the bar was four or five people deep, with customers waiting impatiently. This happened so much, I was written about on social media. They called me the “mean bartender.” I ended up getting fired.”



Where he presides:
Sidecar, South Slope

Favorite Drink:
Anything with bourbon

“When people and situations are at their worst, I choose to look at them in a positive light. It doesn’t help to see anything negatively. That’s my philosophy.”



Where she presides:
Strong Place, Cobble Hill

Favorite Drink:
Smuttynose Rocky Road Stout
“I was working as a busser, and I ran into my ex at work, who I hadn’t seen in nine years. He was on a date. I looked really bad, and it was the epitome of embarrassing. Running into an ex while you are gross and sweaty is not the way you want to be seen. The next week, he brought in another date.” ♦


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