Bartender of the week-Brandon Sebastian Angelilli
Name: Brandon Sebastian Angelilli
Bar: Oden Brewing Company
Where are you from? Orlando, Florida, but more recently Wilmington, North Carolina
How long have you been bartending? 16 years
How did you become a bartender? I was a server at a Ruby Tuesday in Orlando when I was 18. Luckily, the age you can be a bartender in Florida is lower than in North Carolina. One day I was sitting in one of my college classes when a manager called me to tell the bartender for that day was a no-show and asked if I could fill in. I quickly became the lead bartender after that.
What do you enjoy about bartending? Aside from the money and making drinks? The people, for sure. You meet so many great people that are often looking for more than just a drink. You get to be their counselor, their escape, and sometimes, even their friend.
What’s your favorite drink to make? Old Fashioned
What’s your favorite drink to drink? A fresh Paloma
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? Mexican Coffee
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? My ex-girlfriend was marching behind the bar to slap me in the face at a Ruby Tuesday in Wilmington. She started off by storming in the front door, cursing at one of the servers in a crowded section, and when I saw her come to stand at the end of the bar, I knew what was about to happen. I took my glasses off my face moments before she walloped across the cheek, leaving a bright red handprint. She left without further incident, and years later, we are friends again.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? $300 at Christmas