Behind the Bar: Mumtaz Rauf

Mumtaz Rauf


220 South Union Street

Old Town Alexandria







Mumtaz conjures up the Hummingbird Dark and Stormy with Thrashers Tonics & Elixers.


How did you get started in the bartending business?


High hopes of money, women and fame.


What is your biggest bartender pet peeve?


When I say “Hello, how are you?” and they say “Vodka and tonic.”


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


Dropping the big boss’s name. Not exactly clever.


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


“Wanna make out?” Now, I’ve seen this one go both ways.


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


New Years Eve – the ball just dropped in NYC and a very attractive bar guest turns to me and says,“Wanna make out?”


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


Bob Marley….and I am pretty sure we would do more than just have a drink.


Mumtaz is behind the bar on Monday and Wednesday nights.


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  1. yes…soon he will literally be ‘behind the bar’…getting his @$$ reamed!

  2. Hope he’ll be able to get the help he really needs.

  3. just look at that smile oh my god jesus help us all talk about the devil

  4. He has a man bun, what do you expect?

  5. He seemed like a normal jovial bartender in this photo with a drink in hand.Now he is accused of being a Peepimg tom and a pervert. He will be a great spy. He may have talent. He should be hired by the CIA or FBI, among others. He is a Peeping Tom. Like my friend Tom Brown (not a real name). He should be released after 6 months in jail. (A jail is formally called a penitentiary or Correctional Facility in America). He is not a shooter or mass murderer and he is not a serial killer or a rapist. He is an ex- pervert.

  6. You never know what is going on behind closed doors, or in this case, under that man bun!! Just crazy, I have friends that know him, met him once, seemed ok. But you never know. Best of luck to all his victims.

    • We’ve known him for quite awhile. This is all pretty bizarre!

    • We’ve known him for quite awhile. This is all pretty bizarre.

      • Jay Palermino says:

        When did this behavior start? Very hard not to review someone when what they do is nearly 15+ months after a OTC review commences. No doubt, bizarre behavior, none the less, BTW especially when you are in a balancing act with your own teen daughter and (wife?)…….somethings gotta give. Also OTC scored big as the interview was when he was at his best, before the fall …. OTC KNOWS TALENT esp when at some point, somethings gotta give. JP

      • We were STUNNED when Channel 4 contacted us. We don’t know him other than we had a request to feature him in the profile and that he made a really good drink. The whole thing is way bizarre. Guess something went haywire in the last few months!! Remember how normal Ted Buddy seemed?? Guess you never know.

  7. I think I went to elementary school with him. Newington Forest.

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