BARTENDER OF THE MONTH: Anna Moore of Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub
By Paddy McDrinksey
Of all the Brits, Liverpudlians are, in my humble opinion, the most loveable and unique.
Thanks to their proximity to Ireland and Liverpool’s history as a haven for Irish immigrants, the Scouse (as they’re familiarly called) have a strong Celtic strain coursing through their veins, which, perhaps, accounts for their singsong accents, side-splitting slang, withering wit, and propensity for boisterous, boozy laughter.
They gave us Ringo’s famous band, the first sanitation laws, the Institute of Accountants, and um… some other things, but more importantly, they gave us the finest bartender on Florida’s East Coast, Paddy Cassidy’s own Anna Moore.
Anna is not very fond of the limelight, but that doesn’t stop it from shining on her whenever she’s present at the popular Cocoa Beach pub. As quick with a disarming quip as she is with proffering a frothy jar, Anna is a Liverpudlian through and through, and, as it happens, this month’s “Bartender of the Month.”
All hail “Anna Banana” … “The Fab Fifth” … “The Liver from ‘Pool” … “The Scouser in Blouse and Trousers” … “Jameson’s Jilted Jezebel” …
Long may she reign.
How long have you been tending bar?
About 11 years.
What do you like best about tending bar?
Definitely the people. You meet amazing characters in this job.
What’s your least favorite part of the job?
How did living in Liverpool affect your outlook and sense of humor growing up?
We have a massive Irish community in Liverpool, but growing up there you take a lot for granted. I grew up with the Virgin Mary on one side of the mantel and King Billy on the other; it’s just the way it was. You learn to get a sense of humor really quickly when your dad is asking your brother to kick the football at the King Billy statue just to piss your mam off! We all as kids were terrified of the priest, but never missed church! The bars like Flanagan’s and Rosie O’Gradys were big hangouts for us. We all just mixed together and had each other’s backs, especially during times of unrest. Bombs where quite prevalent in Liverpool then. The destruction was awful, not just to the incredible buildings but to the men, women, and children. We weren’t safe in Liverpool no matter how big the Irish community was — it’s England. As a child you question as a child why, but mum always told us people will fight strongly for what they believe and never bred hate into us. She’s a good egg, my mum, even if she is a Proddy-dog!
What does it mean to be a Scouser?
It means … that no matter what, I’ll be okay.
Your drink of choice?
My bad boyfriend, of course — Jameson.
Do you have a trusted hangover cure?
I need one today. Any help, guys?
What is the strangest concoction you’ve ever been asked to make?
Red Bull in Guinness. It’s just not right.
What type of music sets the mood for you when you’re on shift?
It depends on the crowd, but you can never go wrong with a bit of Bob Dylan on a Sunday afternoon.
What’s the strangest/funniest thing you’ve witnessed from behind the bar?
I worked in New York for a number of years and my boss had few rules, but sex in the bathroom was a big no! One evening, my bar’s full and a beautiful blonde Swedish girl arrives and takes a seat in the back. The boys where fascinated. Shortly after, a man joins her. After a few drinks, they’re very touchy-feely and the boys are loving the show… It’s getting a little out of hand, but I try to turn a blind eye. They make their way to the bathroom, and now the boys are loving it. This continues for a while, and I let the boys have their, fun but I have to stop it and follow the rule! So, I knock on the door and ask them to behave. The door casually opens and both are quite naked, but with no embarrassment ask if I could hold their drinks for them while they get dressed! I have never looked at a glass of white wine and a Heineken in quite the same way again!
What’s your favorite thing about Paddy’s Day?
Seeing your hard work come together and everyone having a blast! That, and when we finally leave, when the bar is dark and we’re exhausted and the only light left on is the countdown clock glowing “0 Days to St. Patrick’s Day” and we all give a sigh of relief.
If you could serve any celebrity, living or dead, whom would you serve and what would you serve them?
Ian McShane. I think he’d enjoy my bad boyfriend, too! But I’d make him do the toast of all toasts (from “Sexy Beast”): “Gentlemen, you’re all c***ts!”
What would you like to come back as in your next life?
I don’t want to! You can’t make me!
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the winnings?
Make my family and friends very comfortable and then run away!
What would you order for your last meal?
Dead cow! Rare and oozing deliciousness!
Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub is located in the Publix Banana River Shopping Plaza at 2009 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach. The smoking-friendly full-liquor bar features 21 imports on tap, including Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Magner’s Irish Cider as well as dart boards, a pool table, jukebox and live music. This St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, expect live music from Mike Funge (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Men of the House (6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.), Zac Sullivan, Damion Suomi (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.), bagpipe playing from “John the Piper” all day long, a performance by the Brevard Police and Fire Dept. pipes and drums (5 p.m.), and traditional Irish Dancing by members of the Myra Watters School of Dance at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Three full-liquor bars will be operating, and food will be on hand from Sonny’s Barbecue, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, and corned beef and cabbage. For more information, call 783-0810.