Drinks with Jill Falconer

05:00 AM, May 17, 2013

Jill Falconer bartends at Acme on Monroe Avenue. (Rich Paprocki)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Name: Jill Falconer

Age: 33

Bar: Acme Bar & Pizza

Residence: Upper Monroe neighborhood

Did you go to college? I have an associate’s in communication arts from Genesee Community College and a bachelor’s in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology.

How did you get into bartending? I started in a small bar back home and have just stuck with it.

How long have you been at your bar? I’ve been at Acme for almost 10 years.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? I don’t like this question! Acme will never die. But I like the Sports Page and Enright’s, mostly because of the people that work there.

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen at your bar? It’s Monroe Ave — what haven’t I seen!

What’s your least favorite drink to pour? Southern Comfort Lime shots, mostly because I don’t like the smell of them.

What drink do you pour the most? Shots of Jameson. Rochester loves their Jameson! Lately, a lot of vodka soda with a splash of cranberry, too.

How much should I be tipping? Usually anything more than a “thank you,” and we’re good.

Is there a song on the jukebox or radio that you hate? Not one that I hate, but it’s no secret I could live without ever hearing Phish again.

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? By flagging me down obnoxiously and then turning around to see what all your friends want. Do that before (I get there).

What’s the quickest way to get great service? By being nice and understanding that we are one or two against a mob of people, so having patience with us will carry you a long way.

What’s the worst pickup line or thing you’ve overheard at the bar? There was one guy who just kept saying, “I’m not the kind of guy who …” over and over again. I couldn’t believe the girl just sat through it.

Can you share any hangover cures? Acme pizza has saved me … oh, and coconut water.

Do you have a full-time
or other job? This is my main job, although I am also a yoga instructor at Prana Yoga and H.P. Body Works. It’s a little tiring working both jobs, but with them being at such different ends of the spectrum, I find that it balances me out.

What do you love best about your job? The freedom of my schedule, the atmosphere and most of the time, the people. I’ve worked at Acme for so long now that it really has become my second home and family.