Behind the Bar: Kerry Nagle
Pirates Cove Dock Bar
4817 Riverside Drive
Kerry mixes up a couple of West River shots! Coconut rum, fresh squeezed OJ, a splash of blue curaçao and topped with prosecco.
How did you get started in the bartending business?
I have been in the service industry almost 16 years now. I started at Galway Bay in Annapolis where I first started serving and then moved to Killarney House in Davidsonville where I served and managed. I was then sent off to Brian Baroo in Severna Park to train fellow coworkers all tricks of the trade regarding serving and managing. Bartending was the one part of the industry that I had not learned so I dove in head first and love the excitement of the job and meeting fun people this summer at the Dock Bar at Pirates Cove in Galesville.
What is your biggest bartender pet peeve?
One of my biggest pet peeves – and maybe it’s because I’m old-school – is greeting people and not being acknowledged because they’re glued to their technology.
What is the best/worst pickup line you have overheard at the bar?
There are so many….Do you come here often? Don’t I know you from somewhere? I would like to get to know you. Telling the bartender “their drinks are on me”. Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
Although I think most of “the picking up” is now done online.
What is the cleverest thing a customer has done to get a free drink from you?
I had a customer ask, “Is it free drink hour instead of happy hour” and my reply was “Sorry love ain’t nothing in this world for free” and we both chuckled out loud.
Tell us about an interesting encounter you have had with a customer/customers.
I have sat down and thought about this for a while and I have so many heartfelt memories that I cannot narrow it down to just one. I am fortunate enough to work in an environment where I meet interesting people every day. It’s what makes my job so enjoyable.
If you could sit down and have a drink with anyone past or present, who would that be?
Oh, what I would do to have a few pints with my Mom. She was an amazing, hysterical, strong woman. I know that every sunrise to sunset she’s watching over her two beautiful granddaughters and I .
Kerry is at the Dock Bar on Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm.
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