Your top 10 favorite bartenders in Baltimore [Pictures]
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8. Courtney Cox, Hard Yacht Cafe( Jazmine Johnson / Baltimore Sun / November 15, 2013 )
Bartending experience: Five years, all at Hard Yacht Cafe (8500 Cove Road, Dundalk; hardyacht.com)
What makes a good bartender? I think my ability to read people is what makes me good at my job. The bar I work in is family owned and operated. I have time to talk to people and get to know them.
Weirdest drink request you've ever received? I get quite a few weird drink requests on a regular basis. Typically though, I get "old" drinks. mai-tais, sex on the beach. I do work at a dock bar, after all. To those people I typically respond, "Is that your DeLorean out front?" They usually get a good laugh out of it and a new drink to try.
Most ridiculous thing you've seen while bartending? I bartend at a dock bar ... in Baltimore. As far as ridiculousness goes, I've got stories for days.
The most rewarding part of your job? Being able to be the reason why people have a good time at my bar, the reason they can't wait to come back. If I can make someone's time at the Hard Yacht enjoyable enough for them to come back, then my night is completely worth it.
Your favorite place to get a drink (other than your own bar)? After work, I often stop by the Poplar Inn; on nights off I like to head to Fells Point. Leadbetters is great for the local talent.
The first drink you ever made? I was pouring draft beer when I was just big enough to move the chair to the keg cooler and reach the tap. My dad had a keg in the shop for the guys to have a beer at the end of the workday. As far as mixed drinks go, though, I can thank my grandfather for teaching me to make a Bloody Mary. His Bloody Marys were a thing of beauty. I believe I made my first one of those when I was 6. I guess slingin' drinks is just in my blood.