Behind the Bar

Behind the Bar with Matt Engstrand

Bartender 1

Mackie’s Bar & Grill

907 King Street

Old Town Alexandria





How did you get started in the bartending business?

I was just a hair over 19 and was working as a cook in a Jewish summer camp in Webster, WI. I approached the owner of the “Pour House” in Siren, WI. With the help of my cousin Brandon, I began my current profession, and this is how we met for this discussion.

What is your biggest bartender pet peeve?

Please stop snapping…I am not a dog!

What is the cleverest line anyone has ever used to get you to give them a free drink?

A free drink?? What is that??

What is the best/worst pickup line you have overheard at the bar?

Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?

Tell us about an interesting encounter you have had with a customer(s).

I was bartending one day and this guy comes in and sits down. Everything was “normal” with the exception of the huge ring he was wearing. Turns out that I was talking to a 2 time Stanley Cup Champion for the Penguins.

If you could sit down and have a drink with anyone in the world, past or present, who would that be?

The Pope. You know he has some good wine hidden around there.


Matt is behind the bar Wednesday through Saturday nights.

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Matt mixes up a “Bold Apple Harvest” – a seasonal favorite!

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