Lauren Clark of Ian’s Waterway likes making margaritas because she likes drinking margaritas | Hot Pour


▪ Lauren Clark


▪ Ian’s Waterway Bar and Grill

Q) How long have you been a bartender?

A) 10 years. I started when I was 18 and, I haven’t done anything else since.

Q) First job?

A) A waitress. At a bar.

Q) Favorite movie?

A) Dirty Dancing. Such a cliche girl movie but I love it.

Q) Favorite shot?

A) Probably, a blonde-headed slut. For myself to drink. Or just Patron. I drink a lot of Patron.

Q) Do you think the drinking age should be lowered to 18?

A) No. I don’t. I just don’t think it’s necessary. I feel like there’s already plenty of underage drinking.

Q) If you get truly bad service is it ok to stiff your bartender?

A) No. I don’t think so. I think everybody has bad days, and there’s different reasons for different things, and there’s some things that aren’t people’s fault. Someone’s sick, or the kitchen is behind, things you can’t help.

Q) Dogs or cats?

A) Dogs.

Q) Favorite dog?

A) Golden Retriever.

Q) If you could only drink one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A) Bourbon.

Q) Favorite drink to make?

A) I like making margaritas. Only because I like drinking margaritas. I like making drinks that I like to drink. I hate when people order things that I don’t like, I don’t know why. Even if they’re easy to make, I’m like, “Do you really want that?”

Q) Celebrity crush?

A) Uh well it used to be Patrick Swayze, because of Dirty Dancing, um, but I guess now it would probably be Norman Reedus?

Q) Worst quality in a bar customer?

A) I think probably my least favorite thing is when someone urgently rushes you over, and you like hustle over to see what you can do for them and then they say, “I don’t really know what I want...” I mean there’s no problem with not knowing what you want, but when they flag you down and you’re trying your best to get over there and they’re like, “well....” In my head I just....

Q) What is your signature drink?

A) The Chic-Fil-A shot. It’s a chilled shot of Patron, and instead of just doing a pickle back you take some pickle juice and mix it with Bloody Mary mix, and the combination of the tomato and the pickle, I don’t know why it just takes the bite away from the tequila and it tastes like the sauce they use on the sandwiches.

By Josh Bell, For The Surge