Drinks with Crissandra Masceri

05:00 AM, Feb 15, 2013

Bartender Crissandra Masceri has seen it all, from bar-wide sing-alongs to patrons doing splits. (Rich Paprocki)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Name: Crissandra Masceri.

Age: 28.

Bar: Murph’s Irondequoit Pub.

Residence: Greece.

Did you go to college? I went to The College at Brockport; my bachelor’s degree is in psychology. I am currently taking business courses and slowly “collecting degrees.”

How did you get into bartending? I started bartending at Lake Shore Country Club about seven years ago. My friend worked in the pro shop and told me about an opening. That was a great start because you learn the proper ways to pour traditional drinks at places like that.

How long have you been at your bar? I have been working at Murph’s about five years.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? It all depends on the goal for that night. Sometimes it’s nice to be in a small-town type of bar with friends, like Windjammers. Shamrock Jack’s is always a good time, but for a girl’s night out, I like restaurants that have good food with a nice bar to start out a night.

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen at your bar? In a bar you see everything from people doing splits, sleeping and throwing up on other people. But one of my favorites was when almost the whole bar full of people that didn’t know each other was singing a song at once.

What’s your least favorite drink to pour and why? On a busy night stopping to make a Bloody Mary would probably be my least favorite drink to make. Bloody Marys are more like a “day drinking” kind of drink.

What drink do you pour the most? All the standard drinks — rum and Coke, vodka tonics, whiskey on the rocks, etc.

How much should I be tipping and why? Some people say (you should tip) $1 per drink, and some people say more or less, depending on service. When I go out, I tip about $1 a drink but tend to give more when the service is good.

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? There are a few ways to get the bartender mad. Waving them down is bad, not tipping is no good and asking them if you know how to make a drink good is usually rude.

What’s the quickest way to get great service? To get great service, just be normal. Know what you want, be polite and know that the bartender is serving the whole bar, not just you.

Can you share any hangover cures? A nice full breakfast with eggs, bacon and hash browns or a nice greasy cheeseburger seems to work pretty good. Definitely tons of water!

Do you have a full-time or other job? I work at Shamrock Jack’s as well. I would rather be busy, so it’s no problem at all working both.

What do you love best about your job? I love the people I work with, I like the late night hours, and I enjoy talking to people in general. It’s fun to be able to have all sorts of conversations while working.