Bartender Chat: Randy Eddy of Mugsy's On Richmond

Just don't ask him for a lemon drop...
Just don't ask him for a lemon drop...

After five minutes of sitting at the bar, you would think Randy Eddy knew everyone. He's been a bartender for 16 years and at Mugsy's (2239 Richmond Ave.) for as long as we can remember. Almost every person who walked in shook Randy's hand or gave him a high-five. No, this is not a scene from Cheers. It's just Friday night at Mugsy's.

We first met Randy at the original Mugsy's on Kirby. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have a story from a long night they had at that Mugsy's. Or, maybe we're the only gluttons for punishment. Anyway, we followed Randy and his killer concoctions to the new (and much bigger) location on Richmond. This former busboy is now the general manager at Mugsy's.

But he won't stop making beverages behind the bar any time soon. What's his signature drink? "A Brazilian bitch," he laughs. "It's orange vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and a splash of Coke." For those of you who just gagged from the thought of all that sugary alcohol, it's really not that bad. Of course, it's only a shot, and we like our shots a little sweeter.

What about a lemon drop, the bane of most bartenders' existence? "Lemon drops are my least favorite drinks to make," Eddy says. "They are too labor intensive, especially for busy nights."

Eddy's also not a big fan of customers who snap their fingers or slap the bar to get his attention. Trust us, he'll get you your drink as fast as possible, and it will be worth the wait. Whether it's a dirty martini, bloody Mary, or a simple vodka soda, we've never been disappointed.

But making delicious drinks and running a bar aren't Eddy's only skills. "If I didn't work at Mugsy's, I would be a carpenter," he explains. "I like working with my hands and creating a finished product from raw materials." Eddy's been known to build furniture for friends and family in his spare time.

Mugsy's will be celebrating its first anniversary at the new location with a big party on April 10. So, if you don't have your infamous Mugsy's story yet, April 10 is as good a day as any. Just don't start snapping your fingers and ordering lemon drops.

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