Bartender of the week-Connor Jackson
Name: Connor Jackson
Bar: Mark’s Restaurant
Where are you from? Greensboro, NC
How long have you been bartending? About 3 years
How did you become a bartender? I attended the ABC Bartending School and became state certified. Shortly after, I was brought onto the service team at Mark’s. I was lucky enough to get started under the wing of a seasoned mixologist, who taught me a lot.
What do you enjoy about bartending? There are certain regular guests I service, and occasionally they will just ask me to make them something. My favorite part of the job is hearing those people exclaim “whoa” when they taste the cocktail in which they have no clue the ingredients of.
What’s your favorite drink to make?
This is a tough question, honestly. On busy nights I’m grateful for a round of gin and tonics ordered, but handcrafted cocktails are far more fun to make. My current favorite is something I call the Green Dragon. It consists of muddled jalapeno and basil, agave syrup, lime juice, elderflower liquor and Sutler’s gin.
What’s your favorite drink to drink?
Bourbon on the rocks. Why ruin something perfect?
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink?
The Nutty Irishman. One version calls for Frangelico/Jameson and the other calls for Bailey’s also. I prefer the former, so the Jameson is more present.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending?
I’ve seen people fall out of their chairs. Once someone tried to hire a stripper to come in for them. We shut that down real quick. I think the biggest most ridiculous thing wasn’t actually something I saw, but I heard. This one lady was screaming for help from the restrooms, and it sounded frantic. When someone got in there to assist with whatever was wrong, she exclaimed that she was stuck in the stall. This woman was so far gone that she honestly believed she was locked INSIDE the bathroom stall. Needless to say, she was denied service the rest of that evening.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? Aside from a few 100% tips on single drink tickets ($6 tip on a $6 pint of beer), one regular guest consistently leaves me at least 40% every time he dines, and he never has a cheap night with us.