Your top 10 favorite bartenders in Baltimore [Pictures]
Image 9 of 11
Tie for 2. Tom Marshall, No Way Jose( Jazmine Johnson / Baltimore Sun / November 13, 2013 )
From: Federal Hill
Bartending experience: 10 years; six years at No Way Jose (38 E. Cross St.)
What makes a good bartender? I think a good bartender is an attentive and friendly bartender. Every shift I work, I think to myself, "How would I want to be treated if I were going out for a drink or for dinner?" I try to make it a memorable, fun experience for our patrons and hopefully they will come back.
Your favorite drink to serve? I love serving fresh cold Natty Lights with a sidecar of Fireball. Keeping it classy while igniting the night!
Weirdest drink request you've ever received? Tequila on the rocks, one sugar packet, splash of pineapple and peach schnapps.
Favorite day/time to bartend? I like to work Friday happy-hour shifts. After a long week of work, it is nice to see people letting loose and enjoying themselves.
Most ridiculous thing you've seen while bartending? Instead of going upstairs to the bathroom, witnessing a customer pee into a cup in the corner at the main bar was pretty ridiculous.
The most rewarding part of your job? Having people specifically come visit you. Every week, I never know who is going to pop in. Friends and family from Pennsylvania, college, Federal Hill and all over Baltimore always spin on in to say hi! Very much appreciated.
Your favorite place to get a drink (other than your own bar)? Little Havana -- great food and awesome staff.
Describe Baltimore's bar scene in one word. RAGING.
Best piece of bartending-related advice you've received? On my first shift working at No Way Jose, the previous owner, Jennifer McMullan, said, "This is a bar. This is a very fun bar. You have fun and keep the bar fun. Go get 'em." I laughed but it certainly stuck with me after all these years.