Bartender Q&A: Amanda Padilla of Cantina Laredo on Psych, Sartre, and Sex on the Beach

There's a funny stereotype when it comes to women bartenders: If they're pretty, you don't expect them to be talented or smart.

As is often the case, those negative patterns of belief get proven wrong.

Amanda Padilla of Cantina Laredo in Hallandale Beach is proof. This beautiful bartender not only whips up a damned good drink but she'll do it while discussing philosophy. With that, we decided to pick her brain about the ins and outs of tending bar, as well as her chosen drink for Sartre.

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Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/ High School?

Padilla: Aventura, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High.

How long have you been in South Florida?

Seventeen years.

How long have you been in the industry?

Five years

I knew I wanted to be a bartender when _______.

I majored in psych.

Favorite drink to make?

An old-fashioned.

Least favorite drink to make?

Miami Vice.

Strangest drink requested?

Alien Hemorrhage.

What's your favorite spirit?

Tequila and whiskey (preferably not mixed).

What's your favorite thing to drink after work?

Ice-cold beer or a glass of red wine.

What is your favorite place to drink after work?

Glass of wine in front of my TV.

What's the best pickup line you've heard at the bar?

Still yet to hear a winner.

The worst?

Just about all.

If someone comes in and orders a ______, you instantly think ______ about them.

Sex on the beach/ID them.

Biggest pet-peeve while working?

Breaking glass or getting a hand cut.

Who is your favorite local bartender? And why?

Amber from Whiskey Tango, one of the sweetest and friendliest people I've met behind a bar. She makes you a friend, not a customer.

If I wasn't a bartender, I would be a ______.


Favorite kind of bar customer?

The ones whose brain I can pick.

Least favorite kind of bar customer?

The ones that can't make up their mind.

If you could make a drink for anyone, who would it be? And which drink do you think would suit them?

Alive: Johnny Depp, a whiskey on the rocks.

Dead: Jean Paul Sartre, a scotch, neat.

Favorite thing about bartending?

The networking, the different people you meet.

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