Jameson takes us behind the scenes to present 12 of Brooklyn’s finest bartenders – the heroes who make it all happen. Learn about the hidden talents and signature drinks, tips beyond tipping, and even hear some of their best bar stories. This week’s bartender: Nancy Gates.
What tip would you give a new bartender that you wish you had known?
Whatever clothes you wear, make sure you feel comfortable in them. Nothing worse than working 8-12 hours and hate what you’re wearing.
What’s your favorite song on your bar’s playlist?
“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.
What’s your signature Jameson Cocktail?
A black Manhattan made with Jameson Black Barrel.
What’s your second passion outside of bartending?
I write short stories and novels.
Have you ever been starstruck by a customer?
I’m a big Doctor Who fan, and once Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) came into the bar, but I was too shy to actually talk to him.
What would surprise people about being a bartender?
It’s much harder than just serving drinks. It’s conversation, speed, accuracy, a lot of physicality.
What has bartending taught you about life outside the bar?
How to tip properly.
What’s the strangest drink request you’ve ever received?
Any shot that some friends order to make their friend sick for their birthday or something.
Check out more of Williamsburg’s coolest bartenders in the Bartender Spotlight, or find your own favorite mixologist at some of Williamsburg’s best bars: Alligator Lounge, Kent Ale House, Knitting Factory, Lucky Dog, Pete’s Candy Store, The Charleston, The Gibson, The Gutter, Skinny Dennis, Union Pool, Whiskey Brooklyn, Zablozki’s, Rough Trade, National Sawdust, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Barcade, Brooklyn Bowl, Baby’s All Right, and The Craic. Please enjoy responsibly.