Bartender of the week-Molly Tieng
Name: Molly Tieng
Bar: Havana Phil’s Cigar Company
Where are you from? I currently live in Greensboro. My family is originally from Cambodia.
How long have you been bartending? I have been bartending on and off for about six years.
How did you become a bartender? I came to the bar/club industry when I was in college, first as a cocktail waitress who provided bottle service for club sections. The first club I worked at kind of just threw me behind the bar one night, where I learned a lot of different drink recipes. I loved it! In fact, way more than doing the bottle service. Needless to say, I’ve been behind the bar ever since!
What do you enjoy about bartending? I love being able to be myself, and I also love to network with potential clients, being that I am in the jewelry business as well. On top of that, I am already a person who likes to entertain and serve others, so this is a great opportunity to meet different people who appreciate a genuine spirit with a great drink to follow!
What’s your favorite drink to make? A mojito!
What’s your favorite drink to drink? Depends on what kind of day it was. If it was a stressful day, a dirty martini with Bombay Sapphire is my go-to, and I like mine extra dirty like the ocean! Other than that, I love bourbon. Basil Hayden’s is my favorite!
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? SHOTS! For a dessert shot, I would recommend the “Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” which is half fireball half Rumchata.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? I used to bartend at a strip club, so you can only imagine! But I also bartend at High Point Furniture Market, and the guys I worked for hired [dwarf] strippers for someone’s birthday during lunch hour!
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? $500