Bartender Q&A: Perry DeNicola of the Palm Lounge on What Happens After a Long Island Iced Tea

Drinking at a bar is an experience.

Whether it's enjoying interesting cocktails, meeting random people, getting wasted, or just drooling over the hot bartender, it's always about more than the drinks.

If you're looking to appreciate the latter, we have the scoop for you.

Clean Plate Charlie spoke to the talented -- and ridiculously good-looking -- Perry DeNicola of the Palm Lounge in Boca Raton about the after-effects of a Long Island Iced Tea and his favorite kind of bar customer. Ladies: Pay attention.

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Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/high school?

DeNicola: Rochester, MI. Tampa Catholic High School.

How long have you been in South Florida?

Eight years.

How long have you been in the industry?

Two years.

I knew I wanted to be a bartender when _______.

When I started working for the Vine in Tampa, Florida.

Favorite drink to make?

Key lime pie martini.

Least favorite drink to make?

Old fashioned.

Strangest drink requested?

Tokyo tea: vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and Midori.

What's your favorite spirit?


What's your favorite thing to drink after work?

Herradera Resposado on the rocks.

What is your favorite place to drink after work?

Nippers, because it's the only place open after I'm done. 

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

"I'm scared of the dark... Can I stay at your place tonight?"

The worst?

"How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice."

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

Long Island iced tea: It's gonna be a long night for them.

Biggest pet peeve while working?

When the bar countertops are wet.

Who is your favorite local bartender? And why?

To be honest, I really don't have one.

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

A server in a restaurant -- until I'm out of college.

Favorite kind of bar customer?

One with a great story.

Least favorite kind of bar customer?

One that can't handle their alcohol.

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

Don Corleone -- the Godfather drink.

Favorite thing about bartending?

Being around people. 

The Palm Lounge is located at 131 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-672-7561, or visit palmloungeboca.com.

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