My name is Angelica Milik and I owe EVERYTHING to the New York Bartending School. The school gave me the confidence to ROCK OUT behind the bar. I was hired about 2 days after I graduated. The bar/lounge was a little spot in the lower east side called La Linea, using what I learned from the school I was put on weekends and gained more bar experience. While working one night at La Linea I was approached by one of the owners of The Town Tavern and was offered a job. Since that night I have always worked at more than one club/bar at any given time.
I have worked many nights that were hosted by celebrity promoters from shows such as VH1’s Daisy of Love, MTV’s Is She Really Going Out with Him? And VH1’s A Double Shot at Love. One story that I always tell is that I was scouted out while behind the bar and offered a spot on the show Flavor of Love by cast member Trends from VH1′s I Love New York, I kindly declined at the last minute!
I have an impressive resume when it comes to club bartending. I really could not have done any of this without going to the New York Bartending School. Some of the places that I have worked at are The Town Tavern (now known as Three Sheets Saloon), La Linea Lounge, Whistlin’ Dixie’s Texas Tavern, Level Nightclub, NOX Nightclub, Foxy’s Gentleman’s Club, Bogart’s, El Morocco, Tropicana Nightclub, Oceans 8 Bar and Club Remix. This summer I have plans to work at a Premiere Waterfront Restaurant in the Jersey Shore.
We caught up with Angelica for a quick Q&A:
NYBS: How long have you been bartending?
I’ve been Bartending six years now. I started right after finishing the bartending course at New York Bartending School. I got a job at local club and I’ve loved bartending ever since!
NYBS: What is your favorite thing about bartending?
I love the feeling I get when I’m serving a huge crowd and the DJ starts pumping club beats. You feel the base of the music and the rhythm of the crowd; it’s such an adrenaline rush.
NYBS: If you could serve anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe or Tommy Lee. Marilyn Monroe is just so glamorous and Tommy Lee seems like the type of rock star you’d like to hang out with and do some shots.
NYBS: What is your drink of choice?
NYBS: What is your best piece of advice for any new bartending graduates?
Don’t be nervous when you start going out on interviews. You have what it takes to bartend you just need to believe in yourself, the New York Bartending School definitely prepares and assists you in getting a job.
NYBS: Do you have any parting words of wisdom?
Don’t spend it all in one place!