Behind the Bar: Q & A with Local Bartenders

Courtney Saunders

Courtney Saunders of Bar Louie Stop into the new Bar Louie in Rockville Town Center, and you’ll likely encounter a fiery blonde with blue eyes. Courtney Saunders is a little lady with a lot of personality. She loves working there because she gets to be herself. That, and it pays for her shopping trips. On… read more »

Behind the Bar: Q & A With Local Bartenders

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Story & Photos by Nicole Pearo Taylor Rhyd Davies of Black Squirrel Rhyd Davies may be from Northern Massachusetts, but he spent his childhood in Adams Morgan, visiting his mom’s family. He takes pride in the quality of the food at Black Squirrel and the abundance of beer, never hesitating to help a customer try… read more »

Behind the Bar: Q & A with Local Bartenders

Chris Leach

Q & A with Local Bartenders Chris Leach of the Dancing Crab At the Dancing Crab, everyone feels like family. In Chris Leach’s case, it runs in the family—they’ve been involved in the business for years. His laidback attitude adds to the casual vibe at The Dancing Crab. On Tap: How did you get into… read more »

Behind the Bar: Q & A with Local Bartenders

Sarah Tate of Mad Rose. Photo by Nicole Pearo Taylor

  Sarah Tate of Mad Rose Arlington is certainly a change of pace for a girl from Bozeman, Montana, but Sarah Tate of Mad Rose Tavern is always up for a challenge. In addition to her shifts at Mad Rose, the energetic blue-eyed bartender has a full time gig downtown and is going to school… read more »

Three Bars, Three Stars: Eggspectation, Restaurant 3 & The Getaway

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Three Bars, Three Stars: On Tap’s monthly roundup of three great personalities and places in the DMV. This month in honor of our brunch issue: Eggspectation in Silver Spring, Restaurant 3 in Arlington and The Getaway in DC.

Three Bars, Three Stars

Kregg Schuster can serve you a cold one at Star and Shamrock. Photo by Nicole Pearo Taylor

Jimmy McNey of Harrington’s Jimmy McNey was born and raised in Southern Maryland, and he’s found a place at the National Harbor that suits him just fine: either at the bar or behind the bar of Harrington’s Pub & Kitchen. Between the live Irish bands and dancing girls, it’s no wonder he looks forward to… read more »

Three Bars, Three Stars

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  Tiki Ayiku of TruOrleans Walk into TruOrleans on any weekend, and you’re greeted by a welcoming lady wearing Mardi Gras beads and a big smile. Tiki Ayiku may have been born and raised in DC, but she has the charm and sunny nature you’d expect from a bartender in the Big Easy. On Tap:… read more »

Three Bars, Three Stars: Q & A With Local Bartenders

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Ken Fulkroad of Ping Pong Dim Sum When the Chinese New Year rolls around, you can count on Ping Pong Dim Sum to be celebrating in a big way. In keeping with Chinese tradition, they have 15 days of events planned, including Dragon-themed cocktails and interactive online games. There are 18 locations worldwide, and two… read more »

Behind the Bar: Q & A with Local Bartenders

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  Matthew Josephs of Nest Cafe Matthew Josephs grew up just down the road from Nest Café where he is now manning the bar. The Chevy Chase native and Economics major has experienced the growth of Bethesda first hand, and is well-schooled on the consumption of goods and services, particularly delicious beers and wines. On… read more »

Behind the Bar: Q & A With Local Bartenders

Keegan O'Neill

Keegan O’Neill of Rock Bottom Keegan O’Neill is a pro at multitasking. He has no problem throwing out a perfect pour, manning the service bar, talking to his regulars and being interviewed at the same time. On Tap wanted to know more about his rock band lifestyle and the massive commute to Giants Stadium each… read more »