With a decade of hospitality under his belt and having lived in two of the hottest vacation spots in the world (Miami and Vegas), Gregory is no stranger to the bar scene. We caught up with him at Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Bar with an extensive Seasonal Cocktail Program, located in Downtown Las Vegas...an intimate bar setting with a comfortable fun vibe.
When did that Eureka moment happen when you realized your mission is to be a bartender?The first time I made an Old-Fashioned, I was incredibly inexperienced and made a shift drink for one of my co-workers, she loved it and it gave me the confidence to be a bartender.
What are the TOP 5 skills every bartender should have?1. Patience: Be understanding and helpful with your guest.
2. Ambidexterity: Helps when busy, you can double the amount of drinks you can make.
3. Curiosity: Keeps your creativity sharp.
4. Public Speaking: This is your bar and you dictate the experience.
5. Arithmetics: Be proficient in simple math, it will get you places.