Drinks with Kara!

Drinks with Kara Henderson

Snapping, waving or leaning over the bar at Lovin’ Cup will get you nowhere

Jinelle Shengulette

Special to Metromix
September 29, 2011

Drinks with Kara Henderson

(Credit: Rich Paprocki)

Name: Kara Henderson

: 22

 Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews

 South Wedge

Did you go to college?
 I went to SUNY Albany for a little while, a community college in Houston for a little while and Finger Lakes Community College for a little while. I’m restless; I never finished. I was pursuing a degree in journalism.

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

How did you get into bartending?
 It was really a natural transition for me at (Lovin’ Cup). I started out being a barista, then a server, and tending bar was the next thing I wanted to conquer.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? Tap & Mallet, hands down. I love it there. They’re very accommodating when we stroll in for post-work drinks five minutes before closing.

What’s your least favorite drink to pour? Definitely our drink called The Spanish Piece. One of our bartenders created it and it’s delicious. It’s a margarita with hand-squeezed lime juice, and it’s just time consuming, albeit delicious.

What drink do you pour the most? Any time we have a Three Heads Brewing beer on draft, I feel like it’s all I pour. People love supporting local breweries, and their beer is amazing.

How much should I be tipping? However much you think my smile is worth!

Is there a song on the jukebox or radio that you hate?
 Anything by Nickelback. Is that even a real band? I don’t get it.

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? Snap. Wave. Lean over my bar. Any aggressive behavior will not get you any rewards. Ever.

What’s the quickest way to get great service? Smile. Ask me questions. Be nice and patient. Oh, and tip like you mean it.

What’s the worst pickup line you’ve overheard at your bar?
 Any pickup line is a horrible pickup line.

Ever gone home with a customer? Absolutely not.

What do you love best about your job?
 I work with amazing people every day who are some of my closest friends. I have bosses who are passionate about what they do, and I have the best customers in the world.