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    Hey, Barkeep

    Alex Guyton

    Gabriel Mallin, a bartender at Elliott’s on Congress, stands before the bar’s impressive display of house-infused vodkas and other liquors on Thursday.

    Gabriel Mallin, Elliot’s on Congress

    What’s your favorite drink to make?

    Well, with the proper tools, I can open a bottle of beer like you never heard. Here, we have so many different flavored vodkas. I’ve been working here for a few years since we’ve opened. It really does the bartending for me, all those flavored vodkas. We’ve got like 30 different flavored vodkas. … I mix with those. I do bombers; I’ll do a fruit bomber.

    What’s your least favorite drink to make?

    Anything flaming. I’m not really into flaming drinks. It gets to dangerous. People can burn their lips, things can catch on fire. No flaming drinks.

    Most memorable customer?

    I had a roadie for Slayer one time who sort of kidnapped me after my shift, took me up to La Poloma, and I partied with those guys for about three straight days. I’d have to say that was my most memorable and most forgettable because there was a blackout situation. I don’t really remember from there.

    How forcefully did they have to kidnap you, or were you pretty willing?

    It was pretty willing. I was the one driving.

    What can we do to make your job as easy as possible?

    Know what you’re going to drink and just come in with a great attitude. … I just want people to be upbeat. People that like to dance. … That’s how we do it.

    Do you like to dance?

    I like to dance, yeah, I do like to dance. People call me ‘the bartender in leather pants’ or ‘the dancing bartender.’ So, I mean, I get it all. … I like to have a good time.


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