Bartender Q&A: Brittany Chapman of Grille 401 on Grey Goose and Vodka and Her Least Favorite Bar Customers
Bartenders have so many positive attributes, it's hard to recognize everything they do: They make us feel better after a long, hard day, lend us an ear when we're in need, make us feel special by remembering our favorite drink, get us drunk -- obviously -- and sometimes just give the the right amount of sass to whip us into shape.
Grille 401's bartender and bar manager extraordinaire, Brittany Chapman, does all of the above and more. She's beautiful, smart, and sassy and mixes up a damned good drink, of course. We decided to chat with this industry veteran about her strangest drink requests (hint: One is a Grey Goose and vodka) and the customers she finds to be the biggest pains in the ass.
Clean Plate Charlie: Where are you from?
Chapman: I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I went to North Allegheny for high school and Clarion University of Pennsylvania for College. I've been in South Florida for five years.
How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the restaurant industry for 13 years, bartending and managing the last nine of those years.
I knew I wanted to be a bartender when I started serving at 15. The bar staff just looked like they were having so much fun!
Favorite drink to make?
Favorite shot would be a gummy bear: Stoli Razz, peach schnapps, sour, Sprite. Drink would be one of our new craft cocktails called the Acai Mojito: Bacardi rum, Cedilla açaí liqueur, mint, lime, simple syrup.