During the month of December, we chatted with Tara Balady of Ram’s Head Bar & Grill about Jameson and jokes.
T: I like that I can completely be myself behind the bar. It’s cool that I can just make people laugh and laugh myself. There’s always entertainment. My regulars that come in here are my friends. You just never know what to expect at the bar, especially in this town.
How about the job itself?
T: I love the energy bartending provides and adapting to whatever the job throws at me. I love the adrenaline rush. I hate routine, so this is perfect.
And working in West Chester generally?
West Chester just has my heart. I love how tight-knit it is. Everyone in this bar industry is all good friends and we’re all-inclusive. We’re all family.
How long have you been bartending?
For two years here, but four years total. I’ve actually been in restaurant business for 12 years. My dad had a store in the Poconos and I remember making a bunch of cookies and eating cookie dough while I was working.
When do you normally work?
Mostly nights except Sundays when they have the Eagles games on. I love sports! But I’m naturally a night owl, so coming in at 6pm and not leaving until 3am or 4am isn’t too hard for me. It’s a crazy sleep schedule, but you get used to it.
Do you have a favorite drink here? My favorite cocktail here is our Rams Head Bee Sting, which is made with tequila, honey, and lime. And Levante Cloudy & Cumbersome is my favorite beer. Though if I had to choose a liqueur I love that the most, it’s Jameson.
Any memories that stand out?
I like when we have events. The holiday season is huge for us, we have a lot of private parties. I like being busy because it helps the night go by faster. The Mayweather Fight Night was definitely my favorite. It was huge for us because we were one of the only bars in town that showed it.
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