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Bar Star: Kilyn Johnson at Capitol Bar

October 4, 2018

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.

Know someone who deserves the spotlight? Email joey.guerra@chron.com

Length of time working at current place?

Almost two years. I also work at Proof Rooftop Lounge and have been there almost 3 years.

Nickname?

Ki — rhymes with “hi.”

Lamest pickup line you’ve heard at the bar?

Do you like your job? Because I have one that could be more filling.

Most famous person you’ve ever served a drink to?

Pitbull and Wayne Gretzky.

Becoming friends with customers: yes or no?

Absolutely, just as long as they don’t expect me to “hook it up.”

Most common customer complaint?

Oh, there are so many. Drink prices — I just work here and don’t make up the prices. “Why can’t you serve me? It’s only 2:04 a.m.?” Because it’s the law. I am not going to jail for anyone. “Why can’t you charge my phone or hold my purse?” Because it’s our policy, and there is a phone charging station right there.

What’s the sloppiest, drunkest thing you’ve ever seen on the job?

I think the grossest thing that I see on a regular basis is when girls don’t have their shoes on. Come on, you know you are going to be out. You should have worn better shoes or brought some flip-flops. I also can’t stand when people don’t make it to the bathroom and throw up wherever they’re standing. Spitting on the floor is gross, too. Do you spit on the floor in your living room? Then why is it OK to spit on the floor of my bar?

What’s the most outrageous request you’ve ever gotten?

Probably when a couple asked if I wanted to go home with them. I do not want to go home with either of you, let alone both of you.

Where do you like to go have a drink when you’re not at work?

Aura, Front Porch, Belle Station, Clutch or Lincoln.

What’s your specialty drink, and how do you make it?

I call it The Vagina. It’s Ciroc Redberry, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Normally given to girls because it is sweet and you can’t taste the alcohol. Given to guys when they are being vaginas.

What’s something your customers may not know about you?

I was adopted and raised in Michigan and that my last name is Johnson, which you would never guess by my Asian eyes.

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