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We had a busy one last week when the Golden State of Cocktails came through LA, brining a number of special events to Resident, with drink specials and friends, so our Beverage Director, Randy Tarlow rounded up some of our fave bartenders for this rapid fire Q&A. Get to know our pals below.
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Genie Gore – Lucas Bols 
1. Favorite cocktail to make? Why?
When your profession is largely comprised of creating and executing cocktails for people, it’s incredibly difficult to choose a “favorite”. The simplest answer would be a daiquiri, because it’s simple and delicious, and a properly crafted daiquiri is a sign of a great bartender. But honestly I think my favorite thing to make is whatever would make the person in front of me feel best in that moment. I’m serving them, I want them to be happy. It’s as simple as that.
2. Drink of choice during a shift?
I don’t actively choose to drink during a shift, but if my friends are visiting and we are all taking a shot– or if it’s just a really rough Saturday night behind the stick, as we’ve all experienced– it’s likely to be mezcal. My post-shift wind-down is usually a glass of wine.
3. How many years behind the stick?
I’m a newbie. I have been working in restaurants for 7 years but bartending for less than 3.
4. Most interesting person you’ve ever served?
I haven’t had too many celebrity sightings in LA, but I did enjoy making a drink for Jason Segel. He’s just as tall and adorable in real life as he is on TV.
5. Favorite band to listen to while bartending?
I love listening to anything upbeat and high-energy while I bartend. Whether it’s pop, hip-hop, rock, etc doesn’t really matter to me as long as the vibes are good.
Kiowa Bryan – Rhum Clement 
1. Favorite cocktail to make? Why?
Ti’Punch – there’s no “correct” way to make it. In Martinique, where it is the only drink people consume, they have a saying “Chacun prépare sa propre mort” which translates to “each one prepares their own death”. You make it how you want it. More sweet, more sour, more rhum, more ice (or no ice).
2. Drink of choice during a shift?
Rose or sherry shots – they are lower ABV, take the edge off, and are delicious.
3. How many years behind the stick?
I spent the last 12 years behind the stick and this is the first month I have taken on a full time brand ambassador role and left my place behind the bar full time.
4. Most interesting person you’ve ever served?
Bruce Willis was a regular of mine for a while and one time he introduced me to Derek Jeter because he knew how much I loved the Yankees. Don’t think I could really top that.
5. Favorite band to listen to while bartending?
 If I get my choice I prefer to bartend to hiphop – keeps me going and in good spirits. The Wu Tang Pandora station is at the top of my list.
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Alex Goode  & Morrison Nichols –  Mount Gay Rum, Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky & The Botanist Gin
1. Favorite cocktail to make? Why?
Alex – Anything I can serve while wearing a onesie.
Morrison – Vodka soda. So I can get to the Ramos Fizz quicker.
2. Drink of choice during a shift?
Alex – My drink of choice is pizza.
Morrison – Mixwell grapefruit and red bull
3. How many years behind the stick?
Alex – Lost count after day 1.
Morrison – 10
4. Most interesting person you’ve ever served?
Alex – One time I shook a cocktail for Katy Perry while a live wombat was hiding between my legs and Arnold Schwarzenegger was asking me where the bathroom was. That entire sentence is true.
Morrison – Jason Statham. Pounded 20 beers and walked away completely fine. Tipped a 100 dollar bill. Incredible.
5. Favorite band to listen to while bartending?
Alex – At that same party, John Mayer was a total dick because he thought I was hitting on Katy Perry.Which I was. But whatever, fuck John Mayer.
Morrison – Slayer or EC Twins