Bar Star: Sarah Cuneo at Poitín
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.
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Length of time working at current place?
Creature. Many years ago, one of my best friends called me “Creature” one night while she was waiting tables and I was working the service well at a previous job, and it just kind of stuck to me.
Lamest pickup line you’ve heard at the bar?
How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice.
Most famous person you’ve ever served a drink to?
Annise Parker when she was the mayor of Houston.
Becoming friends with customers: yes or no?
Some of my best friends are people I’ve met as patrons at the bars I’ve tended.
Most common customer complaint?
“What? You don’t have Red Bull?”
Song you’ve gotten sick of at work?
At my last job, “Oye Mujer” by Raymix was played on repeat in the kitchen at closing time for six months straight.
What’s the sloppiest, drunkest thing you’ve ever seen on the job?
When I worked at a popular bar downtown on Main, I watched a woman throw up in a pint glass and then deny that it was hers when she was asked to leave.
What’s the most outrageous request you’ve ever gotten?
I once had a guest leave their child as collateral because they had forgotten their wallet at home.
Where do you like to go have a drink when you’re not at work?
Big Star Bar.
What’s your specialty drink, and how do you make it?
One of my favorite creations is called the Fiddle Fern. As far as how it’s made, a magician never reveals their secrets.
What’s something your customers may not know about you?
I am a concert violinist, and I write poetry in my free time.