Drinks with Louis Russo

05:00 AM, Jan 10, 2013

Louis Russo, who tends bar at Tilt, loves helping people have fun. (Rich Paprocki)/


Name: Louis Russo.

Age: 31.

Bar: Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge.

Residence: Rochester.

Did you go to college? I have been to many a college campus, but never an admissions office! But I do have my cosmetology license from Continental School of Beauty.

How did you get into bartending? I started in restaurants at 15, so it was just a natural progression for me. I landed my first job behind a bar with my personality — fake it ‘til you make it-style. I’ve loved it ever since.

How long have you been at your bar? I’ve been at Tilt since we opened on Central Ave. eight years ago.

Assuming you frequent your bar, where would you go for drinks if the place shut down? If Tilt were closed, I’d be open to anywhere that had a bottle of Ketel One, Jameson and good people.

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen at your bar? Would a half-naked aerialist performing from the ceiling covered in glitter and drag-queen Jell-O wrestling work?

What’s your least favorite drink to pour and why? I’m not a fan of the sweeter martinis. It’s a real cocktail — don’t muck it up with all that sweet fruitiness! Odd coming from me, I know!

What drink do you pour the most? People always love their Long Islands, and any flavored vodka with 7-Up is always popular, or soda water for those scared of a calorie.

How much should I be tipping and why? A dollar per drink is pretty standard but more is always appreciated, especially if there are large rounds of shots and such. Or if you just think I’m cute. Tip based on your service and not necessarily the total.

Is there a song on the jukebox or radio that you hate? “Call Me Maybe.” No, I won’t. And “Gangnam Style,” which brings back “Macarena” nightmares.

What’s the quickest way to get a bartender to hate me? Oh, please, wave money in my face. I couldn’t possibly know why you’re at my bar, right?!

What’s the quickest way to get great service? Smile and be polite. Humor is always welcome.

What’s t
he worst pickup line you’ve overheard at the bar? There have been many over the years, most not suitable to be printed. But I will say watching people forget that they’re in public can be priceless.

Can you share any hangover cures? Vitamin Water’s Revive, ibuprofen, anything greasy and a nap, for sure.

Do you have a full-time or other job? I also work at Starbucks during the day. I have pretty much always worked two jobs, so it’s just normal for me.

What do you love best about your job? I love being able to help people have a great time and enjoy a break from their daily stresses. Live it up kids, let’s play!