[Spotlights] Raising the Bar


Ivy adds the right mix to the posh Bösendorfer Lounge.



 

“Ohh, the place is beautiful,” giggles the buxom blonde as she slides onto one of the barstools at the Bösendorfer Lounge at the Grand Bohemian Hotel one evening.
“I never get this perspective!” 
For five years Ivy, (“Just Ivy, thanks,”) has reigned over the opposite side of the bar as the go-to gal for smart company and great cocktails. Undoubtedly, Ivy’s wholesome good looks and habit of punctuating nearly every sentence with a sweet, goofy giggle have won her a following, but Jack Eisenbach, a Bösendofer regular, says there is more to it.
“There is an art to her service. She hits every note you’d expect from a place like this,” he says, referring to Bösendorfer’s posh atmosphere. “Yet, she makes it as comfortable as any neighborhood dive.”
Ivy’s secret is the desire to please. She flatters her customers by taking a genuine interest in what they like.  She asks what her guest’s liquor of choice is and ferrets out preferences in flavors until she hits upon the perfect concoction.
Though she didn’t invent it, Ivy’s signature drink is the “Soprano” (vodka, splashes of Frangelico, Baileys and Kahlua and a shot of espresso), a libation so popular that it’s more often referred to as “The Ivy.” She says customers visiting other bars have called her up asking for the recipe.
Ivy often goes into the field to sniff out drink and culinary trends. “I love talking food and wine.” But like any professional—she’s been bartending for 20 years—she’s decidedly mum when it comes to divulging the amount of the biggest tip she has received. (She’ll only say it was a four-figure sum.)
 

Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

Ask a Vet 2015

Local vets answer some important questions about your pets.

Premier Veterinarians 2015

Check out our searchable 2015 list of some of the best vets in the Orlando area.

Choosing a Graduate School

Programs at UCF and Rollins College

Top Vets 2014

Check out our searchable 2014 list of some of the best vets in Orange and Seminole counties.

Premier Realtors

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Wedding Resource Guide

Find the best wedding vendors in Orlando.

Summer Getaways 2015

Summer is finally on its way and now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Check out some of these great deals and special destinations just a short drive from Orlando.

Shattering Myths of Better Business Bureau

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Weekend Happenings in Orlando August 28 to 30

Find the best events in and around town for the weekend.

Arts Beat: Python Sing-along

Extras needed Saturday for 'Spamalot' video.

Arts Beat: Step Right Up!

An exhibit at UCF looks at the art of the circus sideshow.

Weekend Happenings in Orlando August 21 to 23

Find the best events in and around Orlando for the weekend.

Arts Beat: Present Perfect

A key player in the Dr. Phillips Center saga is especially proud of one of the stars on the theater's stage this week.
Edit Module