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How long have you been at the Dirty Dogg? I have been at Dirty Dogg since January 2017, so five years!
Why did you chose the Dirty Dogg? I saw my old neighbor going to work every night in booty shorts and that sparked my interest. I asked her where she worked and she mentioned there might be an opening for a cocktail waitress. I wanted to get out of corporate America and, this might sound silly or made up, but my end goal was always to bartend, or at least see if I could do it (take chances, you know?). When I walked in to talk to Jack and apply, I never imagined he would give me a chance, but I am so thankful he did. You might not see it as a customer, but we are a family at Dirty Dogg. And I will always choose my chosen family!
How long have you been a bartender? Officially, five years!
Hobbies- What to do when you’re not working? I’m all over the board with hobbies. I love to play the clarinet and participate in a few concert bands, orchestra, and a marching band for adults. I also love being around any and all animals, especially those in rescue; dogs, cats, horses, you name it and I’m there! Then there’s baking, cooking, knitting, shooting, and absolutely anything outdoors!
What’s your most favorite thing about bartending? I love bringing people joy and seeing a smile on their face. That 100% makes my day every time.
What’s your least favorite thing about bartending? When people know they are going to order 10 drinks, but tell me one drink at a time. I promise my brain can handle more than one drink order!
A few words of advice for up and coming bartenders: Don’t give up. Enjoy the ride. If it’s slow, take advantage and try and learn something you don’t know. And when it’s busy, take all that knowledge and know you can rock it.
What else do you do beside bartend? / work wise? Right now, I help rehabilitate retired and/or rescued race horses! I also have four fur kids, and if you know me, you know they’re my entire world. Spending time with them is one of my greatest joys in life!
How long have you been in Arizona? Since September 2013
Favorite Music: Music depends on my mood. I love all forms of metal, classic/hard rock. Also a lot of country, classical…really anything that empowers my soul at that time!
Favorite drink to drink? I’m fond of a solid whiskey ginger.
Favorite drink to make? When there are less people at the bar, anything mixed, shaken; whatever you want is my favorite drink to make at that time! When it’s absolutely slammed, beer and a shot of whiskey.
Least favorite drink to make? Bloody Mary’s when it’s nighttime. When the sun is out, heck yeah. When the moon is out…nope.
Be where your feet are. (If your body is there, let your mind and soul be there too and live in each moment.)
“I can do it a number of ways. Straight up, neat, on the rocks. Or if you’re flexible, with a twist..
How long have you been at the Dirty Dogg and Why you chose the Dirty Dogg - On and off since 2006 and I came to work here along with a couple other girls I worked with at another bar. It's unlike any other bar and my co-workers are awesome!
How long have you been a bartender - Since I was 19
Hobbies - I make customized gel candles and am an active advocate for animal rights and strive to make our community a better place.
What's your most favorite thing about bartending- It's my social time. I work a lot so when I am bartending I get to socialize with people from all over. We get people from Canada that have heard about DD. That's pretty awesome.
What's your least favorite thing about bartending - the smell of tequila lol
A few words of advice for up and coming bartenders - it's not as easy as it looks. There are a lot of factors besides pouring a drink. Handling drunken people is a tuff job! Watching how other bartenders do it is the key.
What else do you do beside bartend? work wise Lashes, hair and candle making.
How long have you been in Arizona - about 29 years (showing my age)
Favorite Music - Probably old school hip-hop
Favorite drink to drink - coffee...it's good for the soul
Favorite drink to make - this is going to sound crazy but I love to make Bloody Mary's. It's a technique...
Least favorite drink to make- shots. They are so boring...
Life is a journey, and I’m finding myself everyday “I like making my own money, I find that an aphrodisiac.- Sink or swim. You're either going to make it or you're not. It's all up to you.
How long have you been at the Dirty Dogg? On and off since 2013 -more on than off
Why you chose the Dirty Dogg? I was bartending randomly at a bar and making zero money and having zero fun. It was time to move on.. I happened to already be friends with Nikki and Jack was hiring- I had never danced on a bar. It was 1000% out of my wheelhouse and exactly what I needed. I didn’t know how badly I needed that change until I got it. The Dogg changes you I tell anyone who asks we don’t leave. Erika (name drop) and I were the new guys for 5 years. We’re a very loving supportive unit who wants anyone who’s part of our team to succeed in life. It’s pretty special.
How long have you been a bartender? 15 years as a bartender
Hobbies? My current hobbies include – play doh, drawing, puzzles, blocks, dance parties, and dress up- I have toddlers. Bartending and hula hooping with my friends are currently my escape. I also love getting outdoors, hiking, and paddle boarding but don’t do it enough.
What’s your most favorite thing about bartending? The experience- I have always loved the service industry for creating an environment and experience people want to share and come back to again and again. The Dirty Dogg just takes that to another level.
What’s your least favorite thing about bartending? Random customers (strangers who’s preferences I don’t know) asking me to surprise them with their drink choice.
A few words of advice for up and coming bartenders? Don’t get caught up with distractions and drama. Work hard and hustle – there’s money to be made, and fun to be had. Don’t stay at a bar you don’t love. Find your fit.
What else do you do besides bartending? Stay at home super Mom sign language teacher fight breaker upper peanut butter chef extraordinaire color finder number counter… You get the point. I’m looking forward to finding what’s next in the business world for me as my littles grow. I never thought I would be a stay at home mom and as lucky as I am to do it, I really enjoy working.
How long have you been in Arizona? I moved to Az in 2001 sooo 20 years now
Favorite Music? I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to music. I go through phases and I’ve been listening to a lot of black keys recently.
Favorite drink to drink? Bush NA or hoppy refresher which is a hop flavored soda water (wahh wahhh). Off booze 6 years/ When I did drink I was also an equal opportunist but loved a shot of whiskey and beer
Favorite drink to make? That depends on how busy it is, 3 deep? – a coors light otherwise I honestly really enjoy making whatever the customer wants- it’s about their experience and their drink is part of that.
Least favorite drink to make? “Surprise me”
Jenna says : Work it like you own it pour it like you drink it