Bartender of the week- Alex Nifong
Name: Alex Nifong
Where are you from? Winston-Salem
How long have you been bartending? Seven years and counting
How did you become a bartender? – I worked my way up from the bottom in an Irish pub called Fibbar Magees in Sunnyvale, California. From there, I came home to N.C. and got well versed in Molecular Mixology at Marshall Free House.
What do you enjoy about bartending? – There is no limit to the creative aspect. Well, minus the serving limit.
What’s your favorite drink to make? All the classics: Gimlets, Old Fashions, Manhattans, Sazeracs, etc.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? Islay single malts; probably why I’m so hairy.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? – Chocolate martini with hand-whipped, whipped cream and cherries. YUM!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? What haven’t I seen? There was this drunk guy who kept throwing up, and when he tried getting up, he would fall back into his vomit. Security dragged him out by his shoe, leaving a trail of puke. Another one that comes to mind is the time where I was taking care of a couple, and they decided they were going to get a divorce in the middle of my shift and fought over who paid me.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? $1,000 I’ll never forget it, I dare anyone to come top it.