Drinks with Shana Bernard

05:00 AM, Jan 24, 2013

While studying business at MCC, Shana Bernard decided that she was better suited to working full time at her parents' restaurant and bar. (Rich Paprocki)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Name: Shana Bernard.

Age: 27.

Bar: Bernard’s Grove, Greece.

Residence: Irondequoit.

Did you go to college? I spent two years at Monroe Community College studying business. I never received my degree because I decided to focus more on working.

How did you get into bartending? I grew up in the business. My parents have been in the bar business my whole life and have owned Bernard’s Grove for 17 years.

How long have you been at your bar? I started there when I was 15 years old as a busgirl. As time went on, my father thought it would be a good idea to train me as a bartender. On Saturday afternoons when I was 19, I began learning how to tend bar. I quickly fell in love with the job and all of the quirks that go along with it.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? If I wasn’t at my own bar, I could definitely be found at O’Loughlin’s. It’s always a great atmosphere, and the bartenders have a tendency to be generous with their pours.

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen at your bar? Girls got on top of the bar to dance. One of the girls didn’t realize there was a ceiling fan and it smacked her in the face.

What’s your least favorite drink to pour and why? Muddled Old Fashioned. Need I say more?

What drink do you pour the most? Cosmos and vodka sodas.

How much should I be tipping and why? A dollar a drink. If you buy a round, a few more would be nice.

Is there a song on the jukebox or radio that you hate? “Closing Time” by Semisonic. No one needs a song to let everyone know the bar is closing, and who is ever excited about closing time when you’re having a good time?

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? Slamming or tapping your glass on the bar when you’re ready for your next drink.

What’s the quickest way to get great service? Put your money on the bar and be patient.

What’s the worst pickup line you’ve overheard at the bar? “Can I buy you a drink or would you like the money?” Or “Meet my future ex-wife!”

Can you share an
y hangover cures? Three Advil and a spicy Bloody Mary should do the trick!

What do you love best about your job? Being surrounded by fantastic people, delicious food and great drinks to go with it!