Rommel Del Crypt
November’s Bartender of the Month:
Rommel Del Crypt
Shaker of Micheladas at La Cita
336 S Hill St - DTLA
Our current favorite bartender.
La Cita has been located next to the 100 year old historic Grand Central Market for well over a decade. Thousands of locals and visitors frequent the divey joint for dancing, fair priced drinks, and a patio with a pretty damn good view of the city.
Rommel runs the patio and there’s very few people that don’t know him. We met him years ago and he has made loyal customers of us and whoever we introduce to him and the bar. He values Happy Hour as much we do, he created an extended Happy Hour called Angry Hour on Mondays, which is the perfect way to get acquainted with the place.
We reviewed La Cita back in the day but having known him for so long we knew it was time, perhaps well overdue, to gift him Bartender of the Month. His drinks will bring you to the bar but his music, jokes, and Bandera shots will keep you at the bar.
Our One On One with Rommel:
We got to chat with Rommel over strong margaritas, perfect micheladas, and one too many Bandera shots. He discussed how he even ended up at La Cita, his truest religious beliefs, and where he kicks it when he’s not at work.
HHC: Where were you born?
RC: Los Angeles, California.
HHC: Where do you currently reside?
RC: Downtown Los Angeles. The old Bank District.
HHC: How long have you been a bartender?
RC: Kinda lost track because it’s been so much fun. But about 8 years.
HHC: What’s your favorite drink to make?
RC: A margarita because its like I’m making a margarita that I would want to drink.
HHC: What’s your favorite drink to drink?
RC: Bud light and a shot of fernet
HHC: What is a must have at every bar you go to or work at?
RC: Lime wedges.
HHC: What is your favorite type of bar? Why?
RC: Dive bars. Because they’re really blue collar.
HHC: Where is your favorite bar? Why?
RC: Yard house. I like the fact that they have all those beer choices even though I know I’m just getting a Bud Light. Also the art work and vegan chicken wings.
HHC: What kind of typical bar regular do you like?
RC: The type that know exactly what they want to drink and don’t talk about food and politics all the time.
HHC: Do you know any bar tricks?
RC: No but I’ve dated a few.
HHC: How did you end up working where you are now?
RC: I was unemployed at the time and my friend Brian Abbott, was the bartender. He asked me if I could help him out as a bar back once a week for tips and the next thing you know I’m on the payroll.
HHC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
RC: Owning La Cita Part 2.
HHC: You ever invented any drinks?
RC: The Ashtray. You gotta come to the bar to find out what it is.
HHC: Who was/is your mentor?
RC: Brian Abbott who taught me to never lose your personality when you’re behind the bar. And Carl Lofgren. He’s a man of few words and many bars. I respect that. Also Satan.
HHC: Where do you go for happy hour?
RC: LA Cita because it was one of my favorite happy hours. I got hired while sitting at the bar. It was one of my favorite bars and that hasn’t changed even now that I work there.
HHC: What do you think it takes to be a good bartender?
RC: A thick skin and knowing how to work the T.V remotes.
HHC: What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
RC: Some girl that I met on tinder that I hadn’t met in person yet, just happened to show up during my shift and she pretended that she wasn’t the same girl. A few mins later she’s texting me asking how I’m doing. And I kinda noticed it was her texting me. And I respond that I’m at work. She’s like is it busy? I’m like yeah it’s packed and I can barely talk to you right now. All the while she’s sitting right in front of me. And then she got upset that I didn’t acknowledge her at the bar even though she was pretending that it wasn’t her. 7 years later she became a Muslim and friended me on Facebook. Never did go out.