Behind Bars: Liz Honea at Shipping & Receiving

Shipping & Receiving Bar

201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth


Posted 11:29am on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Liz Honea

Age: 31

Occupation: Bartender at Shipping & Receiving, Wherehouse, and Queen City Music Hall.

You bartend at three Fort Worth bars. How are the customers different at each?

I would say the Wherehouse has a lot of local musicians, and it’s a little bit younger, early 20s. Queen City seems to range a lot more, but it’s a brand new venue, so they’re feeling that out. I would say here [Shipping & Receiving] we get a lot of business-type people here from downtown, and I’m trying to get my friends and regulars in as well.

What’s your favorite drink to make?

Probably a bloody mary. I like to have the fruit-to-spice ratio down as low as possible. I think it’s just about knowing the percentage of having enough citrus and enough spice. I think a lot of people kind of do one or the other too much.

If you could ban one drink, what would it be?

Vegas bomb, hands down. There are about five different versions, and it is one of the most obnoxious drinks to make and everybody wants it different.

If you could educate your customers about one thing that could improve their bar experience, what would it be?

Do your research. Go to different bars and clubs and get a feel for what you like to drink. Bartenders hate it when you say, “Make me your favorite drink,” so when somebody comes in and has more of an idea of what they want, that typically helps.

Ever have to throw anyone out at any of the bars you’ve worked at?

Oh, yeah, all of them. Actually, this one? Not when I’ve been bartending. But it hasn’t been that long at the rest of them.

The bouncers throw them out or do you?

It can be my co-workers, the bouncers, me. I have thrown a few out. Especially I would say at The Moon [the former Berry Street spot]. Sometimes it’s kind of fun, it’s cathartic.

What do you do when you’re not bartending?

I go see local music, I support my musician friends. I also really like to write.

Have you been published?

I have been published through Texas Wesleyan, I’ve won a few awards.

What’s your major?

Liberal arts. I’ve changed it a few times.

What’s your favorite local band?

That’s a hard question. I’m a big Quaker City Night Hawk fan, I’ve known those guys for a really, really long time. I also like the Longshots, and the Fungi Girls are awesome.

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what music and booze would you take with you?

A giant bottle of Jameson and Bob Dylan, because I would have a lot of time to think.

What does Shipping & Receiving have that’s better than most other places?

I think of all the bars I’ve been to and worked at, it’s the coolest space. I love the warehouse feel, and it’s neat that it’s off the beaten path. I know the owners want to make it kind of an organic establishment so people can come and discover it themselves. We have a really nice pool table and shuffleboard, and they do shuffleboard tournaments every Monday. The jukebox, I prefer that over an Internet jukebox. We also have a big craft beer selection.

What’s the worst drink anyone’s ever asked you to make?

When I worked at the Scat Jazz Lounge, I had somebody ask me for an extra-dry, extra-dirty martini and that doesn’t exist. I told them it didn’t exist, in a polite way, and suggested they get it just slightly dirty.

Do your customers try pick-up lines on you? What’s the worst you’ve heard?

Yeah, I don’t think y’all can print it. It was one of the first times I ever bartended. I asked the guy, “What can I get you?” and he said, “You, and edible panties.”

I’m guessing that didn’t work.

Nope. But I’m still bartending.

What are your plans after college?

I’m thinking about moving to San Diego. I’d like to go to grad school out there, get my masters in fine arts. Basically do creative writing and see where that leads me.

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