Drinks with Andrea Runciman

05:00 AM, Dec 28, 2012

Andrea Runciman has been serving drinks at riverside bar Silk O'Loughlin's for 13 years. (Rich Paprocki)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Name: Andrea Runciman.

Age: 36.

Bar: Silk O’Loughlin’s.

Residence: Irondequoit.

Did you go to college? Tried one semester at MCC — wasn’t quite for me.

How did you get into bartending? I’ve always worked in the food/restaurant industry. On one night the bartender didn’t show up for her shift, my boss threw me back there and the rest is history.

How long have you been at your bar? Thirteen years.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? I’d definitely stay local — Shamrock Jack’s or Marge’s. It’s safer that way, and of course, both places are a blast!

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen at your bar? Oh, wow. You’re asking the wrong girl, since it’s usually me doing it! No, I’m just kidding. I’ve actually seen a couple people jump in the river and swim across to Charlotte. Gross!

What’s your least favorite drink to pour? Long Island Iced Tea. For one, it takes awhile, and two, it’s usually (for) someone looking to get drunk quickly.

What drink do you pour the most? Jameson shots — we’re an Irish bar. Mixed drinks, I’d have to say anything basic like vodka/soda or Jack and Coke.

How much should I be tipping? I’d say $1 per drink or $3 to $5 for a round, because it’s well-deserved. It’s work, and the entertainment is free!

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? “Hey sweetie/honey” and, of course, tapping your empty glass.

What’s the quickest way to get great service? One word — tip!

What’s the worst pickup line you’ve overheard at the bar? “Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?”

Can you share any hangover cures? Chocolate milk! Sounds crazy, but it works.

Do you have a full-time job? I stay at home with my kids. It’s actually good practice for working at the bar.

What do you love best about your job? They won’t believe it, but the customers.