An Interview With A Shot Above Owner Lea Hatch

Lea Hatch is the owner of the bartending service A Shot Above. Here is a link to her website:

1. How did you get into bartending?

I began as a server at a fast paced restaurant and knew the basics about beer and wine. One day every bartender on staff either was off and couldn’t come in, or called in sick, and the bar was left unmanned on a busy night. I volunteered to take over, thinking it was easy and ended up panicking and downloading a mixology app onto my phone just to be able to keep up with the weird drink requests. I decided that night I would attend a bartending school to become certified. The rest is history.

2. Why should my readers hire A Shot Above?

Because we are the whole package. You not only get an extremely qualified bartender (or several), you get hand picked attractive people that are trained for your type of party. We have everything from elegant wedding bartenders to the sexy lingerie clad pole dancing bartender for your party. All of our bartenders are certified mixologists, ServSafe Alcohol Certified, and has a current Food Handlers card. They are also schooled in alcohol laws, so there won’t be any criminal liability if ABC shows up.

3. What are some of your signature drinks?

I’m a shooter specialist, and I make the BEST shooter combinations. My personal favorites are a Peanut Butter and Jelly shot and a Dirty Girl Scout.

4. What do you like about working in Los Angeles?

The night life! People are so amazing here, and the range of parties I have bartended is incredible. I really enjoy the celebrity parties, as those seem to get the craziest.

5. What don’t you like about it?

My only complaint is when I get a beach party gig it ALWAYS seems to be cloudy. I am a sun loving girl, and live inland for a reason. I don’t like the cold and fog next to the beach.

6. What is the strangest story a customer has ever told you?

Oh! I don’t know if I can put it here, but I’ll clean it up and try. I had a “gentlemen” tell me in graphic detail about his sex dungeon he had downstairs in his basement, and that he currently had a bunch of girls tied up in sexual positions. As a surprise for his guests, he was going to bring the party downstairs so his guests could admire his “furniture” for the night. I got a little freaked out, but he assured me they had all signed contracts to show they were there voluntarily and not against their will. It was very weird, but the guests didn’t seem to mind, and the girls seemed to enjoy the attention.

7. What is your wildest work story?

I did a super fun New Years Eve Mansion party 2 years ago. It was hosted in the Hollywood Hills. It was celebrity studded, had a red carpet, photographers, and was even sponsored by Rock Star energy drink. There were 3 bars placed through out the house, and we were slammed all night long. Every one loves an open bar!

8. How do you tell when someone has had too much to drink?

I am trained in ABC laws and ServSafe certified. I not only use common sense and visual clues to determine, but I also keep a mental count of how many drinks a person has had. Bigger parties make it harder to do that, but we haven’t had any issues.

9. Has anyone ever stumped you with a drink order?

Of course! There are so many new drinks being made up constantly. I make it a point to go to the Bar Convention in Las Vegas every year. Granted, it’s rare these days to stump me, but that is why I STILL keep a mixology app on my phone.

10. If you were a mixed drink, what would you be and why?

Probably a Voddy 28, because it’s tall, skinny, sexy, and goes down easy…here’s the recipe:

5 cts Vodka
5 cts Violet syrup
2 Lime wedges, 1 Orange wedge
1 can of 28 black

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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