An Interview With Southern California Bartender Bianca

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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Bianca is a Bartender who works at The Bull Bar located at: 3316 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 and My Place located at: 5452 Commercial Drive Huntington Beach, CA 92649

 

Q. How did you get into bartending?

A: I went to bartending school, but that was by no means how I got a job. I have

7 years of customer service experience on my resume and a degree in

communication studies. I went to the bar that I wanted to work, demonstrated

that although I did not have in bar experience, all of my other experience made

me qualified to do the job. I offered to work for free for two weeks and he took

me up on it. I did the job well and he hired me to bartend for him. After that I

built my resume and jobs came easily after that.

Q: What is the biggest difference between working in Orange County and working

in Long Beach?

A: The clientele in Long Beach is a bit more rough around the edges and those in

Orange County are more white collar, business people.

I have felt nervous walking to my car in Long Beach, but feel more safe in

Huntington Beach… Even though I live around the corner from the Long Beach

bar. Something about carrying cash there feels less secure than in Orange

County.

Q: What is  the best thing about your job?

A: I am a people person, so talking to and getting to know people from all walks

of life is great.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: When people drink, they tend to change, some for the better but most for the

worst. As one of my regulars says “alcohol does not actually make people more

attractive or charming… But they act as if it does.” Two minutes to a drunk

person seems like two hours, so impatience with a busy bartender is common.

Q What is your wildest bar story?

A: a schizophrenic man came into the bar once and ordered himself a pitcher of

beer. He told me his entire life story about how he was a “law enforcement

affiliate” with “international diplomatic immunity”. I played along. He then

showed me his “ID” to prove it. He took out a laminated, home-made card with a

paragraph long dissertation on the back about his affiliation with the royal

house of David, the English monarchy, the FBI, the Canadian Royal Mounted

Police, and so on. I was relieved by a coworker who told him to leave. He called

the police ON HER. They spoke with my coworker, got the story and took him to

jail.

Q: What is the saddest story you have ever heard from a customer?

A: A man came in and was a complete jerk to me one night. After being

ridiculously particular about his drink, he began to cry. I told him it was okay

and he said “no it’s not okay. Nothing is okay. I buried my wife today.” Then

the people in the bar, people who he had never met all began to support him,

buying him drinks, offering comforting sentiments, and anything they could. It

was touching, but tragic.

Q:  Why should my readers come to The Bull Bar?

A: It is a very laid back, no-filter type of place. The drinks are poured STIFF

and the bartenders are all friendly, outgoing girls. Live karaoke, live bands,

pool tables, and games.  

Q: Why should my readers come to My Place?

A: It reminds me of cheers! Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your

name and they’re always glad you came. The bartenders know their regulars and

their drinks. GREAT food.

Q: What is the best pick up line you have ever heard?

A: I think all pick up lines are pretty obnoxious… But a guy left me a $2 tip

on a $70 tab and wrote his number and a love note ended with call me and his

number on a napkin. First of all, your thank you and love note will not pay my

bills, and second… a love note? Really?

Q: If you were a mixed drink which one would you be?

A: royal peach. Peach schnapps and crown royal chilled (sweet but tough) with

Rockstar energy drink (energetic and ambitious).

 
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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