Elliott Simmons at Devil's Advocate
Elliott Simmons is a popular guy -- during our interview, no less than three people interrupted us just to say hi. I shouldn't have been surprised, as this is Simmons' spot. He's been at Devil's Advocate since it opened October 2009, though he began serving drinks at the same location in 2005, when the bar was known as Maloney's. He's also logged time at Zipp's, Marcello's, Majerle's and Ocean Prime. The young bartender also earns cool points as a musician -- he plays piano and guitar, having been taken on a few solo projects around town before starting things with his current band five weeks ago.
So what's the name of the band?
That's one of the things we still need to figure out. We just had a show here Friday and now we're trying to get booked other places, but we don't have the name yet! We're in the process of getting all that stuff set up so people can look us up.
How did you get started in bartending?
I started going to ASU and I remember coming by Maloney's, which in 2005 was the place to be. I applied as a doorman to work security, then started barbacking from there. It ended up working out as a pretty good job -- something I could put myself through school with. The money was good and for me the hours were right.
You're usually here on Friday and Saturday night -- does working as a bartender ruin your weekends?
You know, when I started here and I was 18 or 19 years old, I could be at the bar but I wouldn't even have been able to get into the bar. I guess I just got used to it. For my first two years at ASU, I never went out on a Thursday night because I was always working. So when I turned 21 I was like, I'd like to take a couple weekends off and enjoy it! But now I'm back to the same thing: I'd much rather work on the weekends and make money than go out and spend it.
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