Bartender of the week- Scarlett Parker
Name: Scarlett Parker
Bar: The Treasure Club
Where are you from? Asheville
How long have you been bartending? Around three years
How did you become a bartender? One of my friends who was managing a local night club thought I’d make a good addition to the team. He trained me as soon as I turned 21.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I like getting to know everyone who comes in, their backstories, and what makes them laugh. You can tell a lot about a person by what their drink of choice is. Not to mention, you hear some of the craziest stories from behind the bar.
What’s your favorite drink to make? My favorite drink to make will always be liquid marijuana. It’s the first drink I learned to make, and the first drink I legally drank at a bar when I blacked out on my 21st birthday. It always makes me smile when anyone orders one; you know exactly what kind of night they’re trying to have.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? This has changed a few times, but as of now, my staple is a shot of chilled 1800 with a pineapple back. I don’t drink for taste; I drink for effect. Tequila is for me.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? To me, after dinner is synonymous with chocolate. Drinking for me means shots, so I’d go with a Hershey’s Kiss Shot: Stoli vanilla vodka, Baileys Irish cream, Kahlua, half-and-half, a squirt of chocolate syrup and shake over ice.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? I was working GHOE at The Blind Tiger and had someone literally order a shot of Hennessy and then proceed to SNORT it off the bar top with a cocktail straw. They tried it, it didn’t go well; it was a hell of a night.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? I’ve received a few hundred as a tip, which was really great. But the best tip I’ve received was actually the other week from a regular at the club. I’m always freezing at work, and this guy who frequents the bar noticed that and brought me two really cute pairs of leg warmers! Our uniform includes booty shorts, so my legs are always cold; it was the most thoughtful tip I’ve received to date.