Paul Dellevigne at Red Owl Tavern
Bartending cred: 14 years, including opening Tritone, then working at Davio’s, Southwark and Rittenhouse Tavern
Favorite drink to make: I’m really proud of the drink list at Red Owl right now, so I’ll happily make you any of our current specialty cocktails. Also, after working with Kip at Southwark for years, I will happily make you a killer Manhattan.
Bar customer pet peeve: Refusing to read the menus. The list of beers we don’t have is a long one, try looking at the list of ones we do have.
Best behind-the-bar experience: Best tip I ever received was at Davio’s. A young man sat at my bar and after looking over the menu for a minute, did himself right. He ordered the chicken liver app and a cowboy steak with a bottle of Opus One cab. As I gave him his check he smiled at me kind of sheepishly. “Here’s the deal,” he said. “I’ve had a really rough week, and I needed to treat myself. Problem is, I have just enough money to cover my tab. That said, I only had half a glass of that bottle of cab. The rest is for you.” That bottle of Opus made doing my closing paperwork an absolute joy.
Post-shift guilty pleasure: Korean sliders at Good Dog, especially if there’s a Western Conference hockey game on.