Behind the Bar: Frank aka Frankie Koval

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Frank aka Frankie Koval Blackwall Hitch #5 Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria 571-982-3577 Theblackwallhitch.com   How did you get started in the Bartending business? I started out by waiting tables for Steak and Ale Corp aka Bennigans and it mushroomed from there until I landed at Blackwall Hitch.   What is your biggest bartender pet […]

Behind the Bar: Alexis Von Schoening

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Alexis is behind the bar Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.     Alexis Von Schoening Don Taco Tequila Bar 808 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-988-3144   How did you get started in the business?   The completely practical and simple answer to this question is the 2008 financial crisis. I helped support […]

Behind the Bar: Harry Williamson

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  Harry Williamson Mount Vernon Inn 3200 Mount Vernon Highway 703-799-6800 Mountvernon.org/inn   Harry serves up the Inn’s special Martha’s Rum Punch   How did you get started in the bartending business? I just wanted to have a little fun at my work. What is your biggest bartender pet peeve? Old tired bad jokes What […]

Behind the Bar: Andy Gillies

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  Andy Gillies Public House Bar & Restaurant 199 Fleet Street National Harbor 240-493-6120 Publichousenationlharbor.com Andy is behind the bar Monday through Friday days. How did you get started in the bartending business? I got started out in the business through my Dad – best known as “Russian Mike”. He owned a few joints back […]

Behind the Bar: Karin Huffman

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    Karin Huffman TJ Stones Grill House & Tap Room 608 Montgomery Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-1004 Tjstones.com   How did you get started in the bartending business? In college a new bar opened up and I applied to be a cocktail waitress. At the “Grand Opening” both bartenders were fired on the spot […]

Behind the Bar: Mo El-Nakeeb

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Mo El-Nakeeb     Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge 101 North Union Street 703-935-8890         How did you get started in the bartending business? I never thought I would end up a bartender, never liked drinking a lot, and I didn’t think I had the gumption for it. At the time […]

Behind the Bar- Jon Wilcox

  Jon Wilcox The Wharf 119 King Street 703-836-2836 Wharfrestaurant.com     How did you get started in the bartending business? I was in college and needed a flexible job that paid well. I started tending bar and absolutely loved it! What is your biggest bartender pet peeve? It’s a toss up – tapping your […]

Behind the Bar: Joe aka Yousif Khalil

Joe aka Yousif Khalil Bar Deco 717 6th Street NW Washington DC 202-774-5867 Bardecodc.com       How did you get started in the bartending business? Many, many years ago I was working in the family business and slinging subs at the Ol Philly cheesesteak factory in G-town on the side. All the bartenders from […]

Behind the Bar: Alfonso Carnucci

            Alfonso Carnucci Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza 401 East Braddock Road 703-683-5330   How did you get started in the bartending business? My grandmother used to have a restaurant so I was brought up with this industry by my side my entire life. I must have been 21 when the restaurant […]

Behind the Bar: Shavani “Vani” Malhotra

Behind the Bar Shavani “Vani”Malhotra Warehouse Bar and Grill King Street 214 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-683-6868   Vani serves up the Warehouse Perfect Lemon Drop – the secret is in the mix!* How did you get started in the bartending business? Well….my parents were hoping I’d be a lawyer or a doctor and […]