Photo by Sean Michael Hower.
Dog & Duck Irish Pub
How did you get a job there? The famous Mick Ryan gave me the opportunity to work at Dog and Duck. I was in the right place at the right time.
What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?
Whiskey. Janet from Southern Wines and Spirits showed us a fun new drink called the dickel in cider. I’ve been making them like a bomb with 1/2 pint cider and 1 shot George Dickel’s Tennessee whisky. Drop the shot in the pint glass and chug.
What is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular? Angry Orchard crisp apple is by far my new favorite beer/cider. Its crisp and refreshing. You can drink it straight from the bottle or pour it over rocks and add a shot of fireball whiskey. It’s a Dog and Duck favorite.
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be? The strict liquor laws.
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Diamonds Ice Bar. Great drink specials and you can’t beat the $ 2 tacos.
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
We are known for our $3 beer specials. We have $3 becks, PBR. and Primo cans all day, everyday.
What is YOUR signature drink? Being a tequila lover my go to drink is Dog and Duck’s Maggie O’ Rita made with patron silver.
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Balance. No matter what combination of ingredients balance is key.
What are your regulars like?
At Dog and Duck our regulars are like family, they are a really fun crowd. If you come to Dog and Duck on any day during happy hour you’re guaranteed a good time.
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
Meeting people from all over the world and knowing that you played a part in making their stay a memorable one. It’s awesome when they seek you out at the bar sometimes years later.
What makes a good bartender?
A good bartender not only keeps your drink full but has to be having a good time doing it. While bartending in a tourist destination you have to be willing to share some of the island local secrets. I try to do all the above.
DOG & DUCK HAPPY HOUR – Daily. $2 Bud light; $3 Wells; $3 PBR, Becks, and Primo; $5 Jager; Daily Bartenders Choice. 3-7pm. Dog & Duck Irish Pub, (1913 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei); 808-875-9669; theworldfamousdogandduck.com