Maya Lustig at Radio EPGP.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
28-year-old Maya Lustig "performs" at Radio E.P.G.B
most nights as a bartender. After spending some time managing her own
bar in New York, she returned to be a part of Tel Aviv's crazt nightlife
scene. Hidden deep underground, Radio E.P.G.B has a
funky vibe with fresh,
unique music. The crowd is cool, and party-goers are always up for a
time. The nights carry on into the late hours of the
morning and Maya, who is studying for a B.A in Communication and Management, enjoys every minute. She took a 10-minute break to
talk about who her ideal drinking partner would be, and how she got
into the trade.
How long have you been making drinks?
How did you get into bartending?
I was 20 I moved to New York and looked for a job and I very
quickly became the manager of a bar. I was in charge of everything there
and I ended up getting my own license. That's where I learned the profession.
Five years.What is the craziest night you have ever had?
Every night is a crazy night. Who is the most interesting customer that has ever sat at the bar while you were working?
I would have to say my dad. He is so proud of me. He came in and said, "That's my daughter!"Who would be your dream customer?
An amazing hunky guy. He would leave the best tip and he would order something like a talisker or a wild turkey - I love a guy that knows his liquor.What would you serve them?
Whiskey. And I don't even like whiskey.What does it take be a bartender?
have to be fast, dynamic and a people person. It's all about being an
entertainer. You have to love people or they won't love you back. Also,
you really have to know how to drink. What is your favorite drink to make?
Arak grapefruit. It is the simplest drink to make. What is your least favorite drink to make?
Either a mojito or caipirinha. There are too many lemons and limes involved and they take too much time to make. What is your pet peeve about being a bartender?
hate it when people ask for no foam on their beer. That just shows that
they know nothing about drinks. Everyone knows that you have to have foam on a
beer!What is the best tip you've ever gotten?
NIS 500. And that was just for one drink. I even remember what they ordered - it was a Jameson. Who would be your ideal drinking partner?
Elvis. That man loved to drink!What is the best part of the job?
the bar is the stage and I am the performer. It is as if I am getting
ready for a live show. I'm acting and giving the public what they want.
When the night ends and the curtain closes that's when I stop
This place allows me to be myself and give it everything that I have. How many people a night try to hit on you?
many to count. But I have to say that just because bartenders get hit
on a lot it doesn't mean that they always go home with people. Any tips for those looking to be a bartender?
Love the people and they will love you back! Radio E.P.G.B, 7 Shadal Street Tel Aviv. Open from 9:00 p.m. till very late every night. 03-5603636.www.radioepgb.com