By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 19, 2010 at 9:04 AM

"Bar Month" at 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 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 the name 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 Kristen Vick of Paulie's Pub How long have you been a bartender?

Kristen Vick: Three years.

OMC: What's your signature drink?

KV: Cruzan Confusion: Cruzan Mango, pineapple, coconut, citrus rum, splash of cranberry, orange and pineapple juice. It's topped with grenadine, orange and cherries.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at?)

KV: Trinity -- three bars in one. Gotta love that.

OMC: How do you get good tips?

KV: Smile and get to know my customers.

OMC: Have you ever cut someone off?

KV: Yes, multiple times. I've never had too big of an issue. The best thing to do is say, "I would love to get you a drink next time you come in, but tonight I would love to serve you your favorite soft drink."

OMC: Do you believe in "beer after liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear?"

KV: Not really. I work in a beer and a shot kind of place.

OMC: Are you more likely to go out for Sunday service industry night or Sunday morning brunch?

KV: Sunday morning brunch, aka, Sunday morning Bloody Marys.

OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?

KV: It doesn't matter to me. If people want to go out to the bar, they will. Of they want to smoke, they can go outside.

OMC: What cocktail are you preparing at the Bartender Olympics?

Island Old Fashioned
One part Malibu
Splash of bitters
Drop of bar syrup
Splash of sweet and sour
Splash of Sprite
Top with a drizzle of grenadine