People say big things come in small packages, and that certainly rings true for Krystie Phannareth. Call her Superwoman, she divides her time between bartending at Bull & Barrister Draft House and Grill on Mount Holly Huntersville Road, Tavern 51 in South Charlotte, as well as Hef's Bar and Grill near Park Road. On top of that, she helps out with promotional work at Rickmond Media Group, a marketing management company. With a busy schedule and late nights being a part of the job description, Phannereth still manages to stay enthusiastic about all that she does.
Creative Loafing: How and when did you start off in the nightlife industry? What did you start off doing?
Krystie Phannareth: I moved back to Charlotte in April of 2001. I had always been in the service industry, since I was 14 years old. I picked up a cocktailing job at The Comedy Zone that used to be on College Street downtown and got trained to bartend there within the first few months.
What's your favorite part about your job?
Networking. There are so many contacts you meet every day.
What is your favorite spot to go to in Charlotte and why?
Charlotte offers so many areas as a "favorite spot." It depends on my mood and what I want to do. If I just want to chill, I love going to Kazba but if I want to dance then Butter is a great choice.
If a woman came to the bar and asked you to make a "sweet drink," what would you make for her?
I would make her a "Pink Panther," which consists of coconut-flavored rum, preferably Parrot Bay, and Bacardi 151, mixed with pineapple juice and a little bit of grenadine, served over ice in a tall pint glass.
What is your personal favorite cocktail?
I'm a Ketel One Vodka girl.
Would you ever consider, or do you have any plans to open a bar or club in Charlotte?
Eventually, I will be opening a lounge in the Charlotte area. Location and size are the key elements.