The Wrath of Grapes

Tales from our taprooms

Alcohol always leads to a good story or two. So we asked some of Westchester’s bartenders what they’ve witnessed at the watering hole.

What’s the strangest drink order you’ve ever heard?
“One man asked me to turn a shot glass upside down and fill the small well on the bottom with chilled vodka. He then snorted the liquor with a straw. I don’t think there’s a name for it.”
—Mike DeVivo, Molly Spillane’s, Mamaroneck

What’s the craziest thing a bar fight has started over?
“Grown men fighting over who was better at Little League back in the day. It didn’t end well.”
—Tommy Dalton, Danny Mac’s, Yonkers

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What’s the most ridiculous drinking achievement you’ve ever seen?
“A ‘Truck Bomb.’ It’s when you drop a rocks glass filled with Jameson and Baileys into a pitcher of Guinness and then chug it.” 

—Tom Darby, Michael’s Tavern, Pleasantville

Has a customer ever taken you home?
“My wife’s a waitress at Sports Page, if that gives you any idea.”
—Keith Foisset, Bob Hyland’s Sports Page Pub, White Plains

What drink request will get a customer laughed at?
“Sex on a Beach or a Cosmo if you’re a guy. Just don’t do it.”
—Pat Knoeppel, Bottoms Up, Yonkers

Common mix-up?
“After a few drinks, you’ll get a customer who orders a coke and cranberry. Usually, it takes five or six times to explain to them what they’re doing.”
—Liz Moyer, Ron Blacks White Plains

What’s the worst pickup move you’ve ever seen attempted?
“A lot of guys will ask me to send a drink to a girl and not tell her whom it’s from. I don’t get it. Maybe they believe she’ll be intrigued and start prowling the bar? Most girls just think they have a sketchy stalker. I usually refuse those orders.”
—Gary Bisonette Cellar Bar, Larchmont

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