Featured bartender: Heather Lynch from Mo's Irish Pub
For the first time ever, two OnMilwaukee.com writers – myself and "College Dave" Mikolajak – teamed up and interviewed a bartender together.
Heather Lynch, a former Hooter's employee who currently works at Mo's Irish Pub in Wauwatosa, was a great sport. She chatted openly about relationships, future plans, the validity of beer goggles, her thoughts on 40-year-old men with gray hair and a shot she makes with lots of whipped cream.
Molly Snyder: How long have you worked at Mo's?
Heather Lynch: Four years.
"College Dave" Mikolajek: Why did you leave Hooter's?
HL: You can't be a "Hooter's girl" forever.
MS: What do you like about bartending?
HL: I am very much a people person. I love people watching and talking to people.
DM: Do you like people with gray hair in their early 40s?
HL: Oh, absolutely.
MS: Do you get hit on a lot while working?
HL: Yeah, but usually later in the night. And usually the attempts are pretty cheesy. I even got once, "I just got lost in your eyes, do you have a map?" They never work.
HL: They must work on someone, I guess, but they don't work with me.
MS: Do you have a boyfriend?
HL: I do not.
MS: What are you looking for in a partner?
DM: A guy with gray hair in his early 40s?
HL: Haha. I want someone who will make me laugh. And someone who's taller than I am. I'm 5-feet, 11-inches tall. I've been this tall since I was in fifth grade. I was always taller than the teachers. I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16, which was fine, because no one was anywhere near tall enough for me before then anyway.
MS: Have you done any modeling?
HL: I did some modeling for Harley Davidson when I was 18 and 19.
MS: What is your favorite drink to make?
HL: The most expensive one.
MS: What's the craziest shot you've ever made?
HL: The "muff diver." Basically, you fill a martini glass with whipped cream, hide a shot glass in the middle filled with Bailey's or something like that and then the person has to do the shot without using their hands. It's more for my entertainment than anything else.
MS: What do you like to do when you're not bartending?
HL: Anything outdoors. Especially camping. And I am starting school next semester. I am going to WCTC to study radiology.
MS: Why radiology?
HL: My mom has a kidney disease and it has made me think about health care. I want to help.
MS: What do you like to drink when you're not working?
HL: Kettle One and seltzer. Or Red Stag.
MS: Where do you want to travel someday?
HL: I have never been out of the country. I would love to go to Italy. Or Ireland. Or really anywhere other than Wisconsin for a while.
MS: How do you cut off people who have drank too much?
HL: I leave that to the guys. People get too mad about that.
DM: As a bartender, do you serve food, too?
HL: Yes. I don't mind. The food here is good. The Killarney Club is my favorite, and I often recommend the grilled cheese and tomato soup.
MS: Can you tell when a couple you're serving is on their first date?
HL: Yes, absolutely. It's usually awkward between them and they ask the typical questions. "What do you like to do for fun?" It's entertaining.
MS: Do you believe the concept of "beer goggles" exists?
HL: Yes, 100 percent.
DM: What is your favorite time of the shift?
HL: I like prime time, between 10 and midnight. It's super busy, loud, fun.
DM: If you owned a bar someday, what would it be like?
HL: All the best parts of the bars I've worked in, but I would make it my own.
MS: You were in the first OnMilwaukee.com Bartender Olympics, right?
HL: Yes. I had a lot of Jameson that night. And I was terrified of the karaoke part. I'm not usually shy but I was scared out of my mind. I usually only sing in my car.
DM: Do you get to play your own music here?
HL: Sometimes. I'm a country girl.
MS: What is the ideal day off for you?
HL: Hanging out with friends on the other side of the bar. Doing anything outside. Going on pub crawls.
DM: Would you go on a pub crawl with a guy with gray hair in his early 40s?
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