By RAY QUIROGA
South Padre Parade
For this week’s Beach Bar Beat, the South Padre Parade made its long-anticipated return to Parrot Eyes Restaurant and Bar located at 5801 Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island. Home to last season’s Beach Bar Beat Champ Monica Lynn Snyder, the championship trophy along with a tribute to Monica Lynn are prominently on display at Parrot Eyes’ bar area.
Working to meet the high expectation set by their role model-hero, patrons can’t go wrong by being served by any of the bartenders on staff at Parrot Eyes.
Name: Katie Cummins
How long have you worked at Parrot Eyes: “I started here 4 and a half years ago, but I started bartending eight months ago.”
Where are you from: “Here, born and raised on the Island, graduated Port Isabel High School in ’08!”
Favorite drink: I have three: “Budweiser, Rum and Diet, and Johnny Walker.”
What would you recommend at Parrot Eyes: “Blue Hawaiian or a Paralyzer because they are sweet and have rum in it, and I’m a rum drinker.”
What’s your favorite aspect about bartending: “I love to talk to people. I meet new people every day and that makes my day.”
What are the skills that make a good bartender: “You have to be able to multitask and have a good personality, be able to talk and smile.”
If you were to look into the souls of your enemies, what would you see that would be different from yours: That’s a good one. I think what would be different is that I don’t hold hatred toward people. What happens today happens today and what happens yesterday happened in the past.”
To recommend a bar or bartender for the Beach Bar Beat, email email@example.com or visit our Facebook page. After this summer, bartenders featured during this season’s Beach Bar Beat will be rounded-up to compete to be this year’s champion. To participate today, you can vote for your favorite bartender in the second annual South Padre Parade Beach Bartender Competition by emailing your choice to the email listed here or waiting until the end of the season and complete in the official ballot. In the meantime, feel free to join us for a drink when you see one of our reporters working the Beach Bar Beat…It’ a tough job, but someone has to do it.