Bartender of the week- Bianca Banks
Name: Bianca Banks
Bar: SouthEnd Brewing Co. – COME SEE US!
Where are you from? Raised here in Greensboro but born in Chicago. I much prefer the winters here.
How long have you been bartending? I have been bartending going on ten years now. I have had other jobs in between, but bartending has been the main source of income for a decade now.
How did you become a bartender? I actually became a bartender whilst working at Chili’s here in Greensboro. I had the opportunity to move up from a server to a bartender when I turned 21, and I snatched it! Although bartending, there has made me hate making margaritas.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I enjoy the fluidity of it. (Pun intended) Working for as many bars as I have the base of the job really stays the same. Whether you work for a dive bar or a high-end cocktail speakeasy, you’re there to interact with the people whose drinks you serve, and you can make a fair amount of lasting connections that way. Anybody can make a drink, but I think people also come out for an experience. I enjoy providing that experience for anyone who may sit at the bar.
What’s your favorite drink to make? Boilermaker. (Shot of whiskey and a beer) I like to keep it simple.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? I love a good glass of scotch, even if my wallet doesn’t. If anyone loves scotch but not the price, check out Monkey Shoulder! It has all the qualities of a great scotch without the cringe of looking at your bank account the next morning.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? I recommend drinking a Ferrari. (Fernet/Campari cocktail) It’s definitely an acquired taste, to say the least, but it does help with digestion and palate cleansing. Just try to overlook the bitterness.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? I’ve seen quite a few crazy things in my bartending days, so it’s hard to limit it to just one. But if I had to, it would have to be a guy trying to sneak in a sixtel keg inside of a baby stroller into the bar. Still not quite certain what the thought process there was. Don’t get any ideas, folks.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? I have received a $200 tip, BUT it was on Christmas, and I think they were in the holiday giving spirit. If anybody wants to try to beat that over at SouthEnd, I won’t fight ya.