Featured bartender: Lauren Landa of the Palomino
The Palomino's Lauren Landa has only tended bar for a year, but she worked her way up from being a waitress at Bay View's super-popular corner tap. "I begged (general manager) Tim Farley to let me, and when I got my license he said I could," says Landa. "I love it."
In her short time behind the bar at Palomino, 2491 S. Superior St., Landa has managed to invent her own cocktail (whose name isn't fit to print) and to diversify with another bartending job across town at the new Café Corazon, 3129 N. Bremen St., too.
We caught up with Landa for a quick Q&A in this latest bartender profile.
OnMilwaukee.com: Tell me about this drink you invented.
Lauren Landa: It's called the "F*cking Awesome." (Co-worker) John Craft and I made it together. It's Jameson, ginger ale and orange juice, and you have to shake it up.
OMC: What's your least favorite drink to make?
LL: Any dumb shots like a "Redheaded Slut." Just because of the name. A "Dirty Condom?" Who drinks that?
OMC: What's the most ridiculous thing you've seen happen in this bar?
LL: I've seen a grown man get his shirt ripped off by a little, 5-foot-tall girl.
OMC: Would that be construed as a bar fight?
LL: No, because he was just trying to get her number, and she wasn't having it. The more that he tried, the more she got upset. She just pushed him away and ripped his shirt off. I laughed. It was last call, everybody out the door.
OMC: Have you ever had to break up a bar fight?
LL: Yeah, I've had to break up two bar fights. One was outside, and one inside. It went well, because I don't think anyone was really going to hit me. I came out in a little black dress and was like, "Come on guys."
OMC: Do pick-up lines at bars work?
OMC: Who are better tippers, men or women?
OMC: Where do you go to drink when you're not tending bar?
LL: I like the dive bars. I like The Newport. Otherwise, I go to Blackbird.
OMC: What's the best part about being a bartender?
LL: Definitely the fun. I don't feel like it's going to work; it's like hanging out.
OMC: What's the worst part?
LL: Rude people and obnoxious guys.
OMC: Do you drink when you tend bar?
OMC: Does it make it harder?
LL: No, it makes it easier.
She's OK. Early on she tried to give herself a generous tip on my behalf like I've seen other younger bartenders try to do, but I think she's OK. NOTE TO BARTENDERS: Because the patron has a stack of money on the bar that does not mean you take out for the drink and the remainder is your tip!
Is it bar month at OMC again? If not, wow, great for you guys. That's got to be a massive undertaking; finding every new bartender in the area, every week, and putting together a piece for them. My guess? There is an "OMC Staff Writer" who frequents the pal-o-mine-o who tossed around their credentials trying to get an "in" with Ms. Landa. Good for them, I would have done the same thing.
I don't know about all that foul language, but I've been in the Pal when she is working and she IS a pretty great bartender and cordial server. Don't get out of line in there though, she can be mean as a rattlesnake, I've seen her after provocation, like whirling knives!
b | June 20, 2010 at 9:56 p.m. (report)
i smell jealousy. she probably deserves two articles. shes that f##king rad.
Nice job. She works @ two cool, nonchain, places and seems to have the right attutude by wanting to actually go to work, tend bar, and "hang out."
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