Saturday, February 4, 2023

Oxford Bartender Tips — Part III

Delantric Hunt at Lamar Lounge.

Welcome to the final installment in our three-part series in which interviews some of Oxford’s busiest bartenders. contributor Steve Vassallo had the tough job of visiting these great establishments to get the lowdown on how these masters of the cocktail and beer mug see the evolving bar scene in our rapidly growing town.

Next up is Delantric Hunt with Lamar Lounge. — What are the most common questions you get asked?
Delantric — Here’s my top 3. What’s the story with the bar? What’s your favorite thing on the menu? How does the smoking pit work and are we smoking anything now? — Which drink is most frequently requested?
Delantric — The  Lamargarita.  — Describe the most unusual drink you have prepared?
Delantric —  Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, sprite and orange juice. — When is the bar the busiest?
Delantric — Between the hours of 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m..
HottyToddy-com — What’s the male/female mix in the bar?
Delantric — It’s about 65 percent male and 35 percent female. — Who is the biggest celebrity or most recognized individual you have served?
Delantric — I’ve served Morgan Freeman on a few occasions. — What’s life like after bartending?
Delantric — Late nights (if off in time), homework and sleep. I do plan to continue my education and get a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing. — What do customers discuss most at bars? (topics opposed to personalities)
Delantric — Sports, our antique bar and the barbecue we smoke outside. — What are first-time visitors to Oxford most interested in doing/seeing?
Delantric — They’re always interested in the antique bar, the pit used to smoke all our meats and the bartenders’ life stories. — Is the bar business growing, declining or staying basically the same?
Delantric — The business at the bar is steadily growing.