MAX KURUCAR (W'16)

Major: Marketing

Bartends at: Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar

What’s your favorite drink to make?

The cranberry bourbon. Muddled cranberry with some agave syrup and bourbon topped with ginger ale.

Have you ever served your professor or TA?

I haven't served a professor or TA, but I have served an advisor before. I didn't know they were an advisor until they were leaving. Now I turn to them for all my questions on scheduling my classes.

What’s the most ridiculous experience you’ve had with a customer?

It was a $3 LIT (Long Island Iced Tea) Night naturally, and all I can really say is that a non-affiliated, young intoxicated woman did not have certain body parts secured while dancing. There's more to that, but it is NSFP (Not Suitable for Publication).

Why should people come to Harvest over other campus bars?

Harvest has incredible deals at different times during the week. Happy Hours from 5–7 Monday-Friday and late night happy hours as well. If you don't know about our $3 Long Islands yet please come and get a great bang for your buck.

When you’re not working the bar at Harvest, where would someone find you on a night out?

You'd find me next door at Smokes.

What are some “Do's" and “Don’ts" of Harvest?

Do's: Be Polite, Say Thank you, and TIP WELL.

Don'ts: Ask how much a LIT is on Thursdays, yell "yo" at a bartender or whistle at us, reach over the bar, or haggle prices when we just had $3 LIT's for the last 4 hours.

(Ed. Note: Max is the circulation manager of the DP)


KATIE STRAZZA (C'16)

Major: International Relations

Bartends at: Smokes'

What’s your favorite drink to make?

Red–headed Sluts and Scooby Snacks.

Have you ever served your professor or TA?

Not yet, but that has just been added to my senior year bucket list!

What’s the most ridiculous experience you’ve had with a customer?

The stud who ran a $300.00 tab drinking only bottled domestic beers…which are $4.00 each.

Why should people come to Smokes' over other campus bars?

Smokes' is unique for a lot of reasons. First of all, students who want to go out for a drink without the heels and the suits find a more laid back vibe here. Secondly, Smokes' has become one of those quintessential college memories that Penn students have. There's a reason why Smokes' is the most populated bar during Homecoming weekend—even alumni (no matter their graduation year) can still appreciate this college bar. And finally, perhaps most importantly, there is always music and always dancing.

When you’re not working the bar at Smokes, where would someone find you on a night out?

At home with my cats. Jk…except for Sundays through Wednesdays. Shoutout to Thursday nights at Harvest!

What are some “Do's" and “Don’ts" of Smokes'?

Do: If you are tired of ordering the same thing, ask the bartenders to surprise you—we love mixing it up (pun intended). And tip—we always remember those who tip.

Don't: Be rude, come behind the bar, be afraid to say "thank you," and most importantly, don't DFMO at the bar—save that for the dance floor. 


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