"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its second annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.
Watch for profiles of all 10 bartenders over the next two weeks and then catch the action at the Milwaukee Ale House on Thursday, Feb. 25. All in honor of friendly competition, cheer on your favorite Olympian while you enjoy deals on Ale House food and Jim Beam, Malibu, Hornitos and Jameson, Absolut and X Rated.
Here's a quick Q & A with DiAnna Bernal of Brewski's Sports Club.
OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been a bartender?
DiAnna Bernal: Seven years.
OMC: What's your signature drink?
DB: Jameson raspberry margaritas on the rocks.
OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at)?
DB: Kelly's Bleachers.
OMC: How do you get good tips?
DB: Smile, move fast and talk with everyone.
OMC: Have you ever cut someone off?
OMC: Do you believe in "beer after liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear?"
DB: No, I wouldn't know. I don't drink beer -- I'm a whiskey girl.
OMC: Are you more likely to go out for Sunday service industry night or Sunday morning brunch?
DB: Brunch, for sure.
OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?
DB: It doesn't bother me.
OMC: What cocktail are you preparing at the Bartender Olympics?
1.25 oz. Passion Fruit Malibu
Fill half sweet and sour
Fill other half cranberry juice
2 splashes club soda
Garnish with sliced pineapple
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.
As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When OnMilwaukee.com offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”