Behind the Bar: Dora of Houston’s Byzantio Cafe & Bar

Meet Dora Giannakopoulos, bartender and owner of Byzantio Cafe & Bar in Houston, Texas.

When and why did you get into the industry?

I started bartending back in December 2003. I’d describe myself as a real people person. This is the perfect industry for me to be able to show my personality, cultural background and hospitality, while being around people all day long.

 

Tell me a bit about your bar. What would you tell someone who has never been here before?

It is a Greek restaurant/coffee bar/bar that offers great food and drink specials. It’s a one-stop-shop and home away from home! Be prepared for something different.

 

What do you love about working behind the bar?

I can be creative, and if someone is by himself, I can make him feel welcome.

 

What sets HPNOTIQ apart from the rest of the cocktail world?

The color, definitely! It’s also very versatile.

 

What is your favorite signature HPNOTIQ cocktail?

I like my specialty cocktail – Dora the Explorer.

 

Tell us about your specialty HPNOTIQ cocktail. What occasion is it perfect for?

“Dora the Explorer” – Hpnotiq, Harmonie, and club soda. Served with a purple rock candy stick. It is perfect for any occasion; Monday Martini night or during the weekend in a shot.

 

You have probably heard plenty of pick-up lines – what’s the best/worst?

Where do I start? Most of them are not even appropriate for me to repeat!

 

What advice do you have for someone trying to approach someone at a bar?

Always say what you think. Be honest and don’t give them a staged line!

 

What is one thing behind the bar that you cannot live without? Why?

Organization!

To learn more about Byzantio visit their Facebook page or the bar’s website. Follow them on Twitter @Byzantio.

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