Behind the Bar: Angie Napolitano
Streets Market & Café
3108 Mount Vernon Avenue
Angie is serving the Streets Special Sakitini.
You can find her behind the bar Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat from 5-11 pm.
How did you get started in the bartending business?
I started bartending on the West Coast in Friday Harbor, Washington, where I made lots of long time friends and saw lots of activities that no one would believe to this day. My four closest friends are also bartenders. We’ve got to stick together.
What is your biggest bartending pet peeve?
Right now I can honestly say nothing. I was unemployed for about a month. I didn’t admit it but I was terrified that at my age I might not find another front of the house position that was a good fit for me. I landed on my feet at Streets Market Café and it turned out to be the perfect match. So I have no current pet peeves. I’m so grateful for my new team and management and most importantly my new clientele and my long time most loyal customers and friends from the past. I have no time for petty complaints.
What is the cleverest line anyone has every used to get you to give them a free drink?
Anything Kieran says!!! (ask Kieran)
What is the best/worst pickup line you have overheard at the bar?
I have no idea. That’s all very icky to me. I’ve been fortunate enough to not work in a bar where people are trying to pick anyone up.
Tell us about an interesting encounter you have had with a customer.
Most recently my favorite and most interesting encounter at the bar is my new friend Joe. He lives across the street and can see into the bar area here. He says that he looks outside the window and checks to see if I’m working before he comes over. He’s awesome and reminds me of Matt Bellessai, Buzzfeed’s Whine about It Guy, except he’s even funnier. That’s right, funnier. (yes, he drinks red wine)
If you could sit down and have a drink with anyone in the world, past or present, who would that be?
My boyfriend Jimmy. I work lots of crazy hours and Jimmy is getting home when I’m leaving for work. Our time together gets shoved to the back burner more times than not. I wish for some days where it’s just us and a few drinks on our back deck watching the sunset.
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