Bar Star: Issac Xochihua at Bayou city Bar & Grill
The Houston bar scene is full of personalities - bar stars, if you will. Each week in Preview, we’ll feature one of these mixologists to let you know more about them, aside from how good they are at making you feel good.
Find him behindthe bar at:Bayou City Bar & Grill
Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays-Sundays
Length of time working at current place?
Lamest pickup line you’ve heard at the bar?
There is always that one guys that asks, “Can I have you on the rocks?” or “Can you make me something sweet and good like you ?” Girl, bye!
Most famous person you’ve ever served a drink to?
I took a shot with Shangela from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” if that counts.
Becoming friends with customers: yes or no?
Being a bartender, you need to build your clientele to make money, honey. I personally believe that a bartender should be able to become friends with their customers, to a certain extent. Always have boundaries, and never let anyone take advantage of you.
Most common customer complaint?
“My drink is not strong enough!” Honey, you’re drinking a cherry vodka sour.
What’s the sloppiest, drunkest thing you’ve ever seen on the job?
I’m guessing this guy thought he was in the restroom because he started peeing on another customer at the bar. I was in shock all night!
What’s the most outrageous request you’ve ever gotten?
This guy ordered a Patron shot and asked me, “Can you put the salt on your arm, and can I lick it off?” “No,” was my answer.
Where do you like to go have a drink when you’re not at work?
I enjoy having a frozen margarita at JR’s. They’re so good.
What’s your specialty drink, and how do you make it?
I made this up when a girl asked me for something sweet that wasn’t made with well liquor: Ciroc Peach vodka, X-Rated liqueur, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice and a sprinkle of grenadine. It’s nothing special, but anyone that drinks it loves it.
What’s something your customers may not know about you?
I always wanted to be a hip-hop dancer! I’m always watching dance videos on social media.