Bartender of the week-Brett Nooe
Name: Brett Nooe
Bar: The Prescott
Where are you from? I am originally from Bethesda, Maryland, but my father was in the Navy, so we moved around for a bit before we ended up settling here in North Carolina.
How long have you been bartending? 8 years.
How did you become a bartender? I was waiting tables one day, and I kind of just fell into the role. I knew all the drinks, and the bartender called out sick, so my manager asked me to cover for them, haven’t looked back since.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I enjoy the social and creative aspects of the job. We get to meet awesome people daily, share our stories, and create delicious cocktails.
What’s your favorite drink to make? Probably an Old Fashioned. I soak fresh cherries in Crème de Cassis and Harlequin Orange Liquor, so you get a little more citrus and black currant notes under the rye whiskey.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? A Kentucky Mule or Buffalo Trace on the rocks.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? A nice, single-malt scotch. I like the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban because it also has hints of port.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? I was working Furniture Market in High Point one year, and these two guys come into the bar. They are clearly intoxicated and ask for a double shot of Jameson. I tell the guy that he won’t be able to have a drink because he’s intoxicated and the guy proceeds to grab a cigarette out of his pack, turn around, and immediately drops his keys, wallet, and cigarette box on the floor. He walks out the door, and I yell to his buddy that his friend had dropped all of his stuff. The guy walks outside tells his buddy to come in. The guy stumbles up to the bar asks me for a water. I grab him a water, and I tell him he has dropped all of his stuff. The guy grabs the water from my hand, walks on top of his wallet and continues out the door with his buddy and the glass of water! They just start walking down Main Street… I tried yelling for the guy, but it was no use. The walk of shame and the look on his face was priceless when he came to grab his stuff the next day.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? Honestly, I wasn’t even bartending when I received my largest tip. I was serving, and I walked up to the table, and a guy hands me a $100 bill and says, “This is just to make sure the service is up to our standards, this is not your tip.” He then left me $300 at the end of the service.