Behind the Bar: Heather Furr of Tzar Ultra Lounge

Meet Heather Furr. When she’s not tending to the bar at Tzar Ultra Lounge, you can find her “hut, hut, hiking” for her Lingerie Football League team, the Chicago Bliss. We caught up with the 2010 League MVP to chat about her life behind the bar.

When and why did you get into mixology?

About four years ago, I was serving drinks and thought it was a lot more fun to get behind the bar and make the drinks. It lets me get a little more crazy and allows me to be outgoing.


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

I work at a couple bars actually. One is Tzar Ultra Lounge; it has a very elegant look and is one of a kind.  Every part of it is different from other bars. From a bar backed by tiny mirrors, to the back bar having a fur ceiling, to LED floors, it’s very unique. The other bar I work at is called F. O’Mahonys in Lakeview. It’s a very homey, Irish pub with an awesome atmosphere.  December 19th I will be bartending and other Bliss players will be there just hanging out for a little “Bartending with the Bliss.”


What do you love about working behind the bar?

Well, I’m in complete control.  I think I’ve become a slight control freak.  You can create your own concoctions, try new things, and can always suggest for someone to drink more WATER!


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

Hpnotiq is different and the best of two worlds; vodka and cognac.  It’s extremely versatile for creating new, great tasting mixes or could be enjoyed by itself.


What is your favorite signature HPNOTIQ cocktail?

I enjoy sweet, mixed drinks and beyond the nam, ‘Booty Call’ is a great cocktail.


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

Well with some peach schnapps and pineapple juice it reminds me of summer and sunshine. Especially with winter just about here, I need a constant reminder of the warm sun!


What’s the best/worst pick-up line you’ve heard at the bar?

Just the other night, a guy was talking to me and it was loud, so he had to lean in close to my ear so I could hear him. He said something about having to think of random things to say so he could continue to smell me because my scent was delicious.  I said, “Actually, it’s ‘Fancy’, by Jessica Simpson,” then I walked away.


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

Be yourself and make sure it’s before you’ve had too many drinks. You may need one beverage to take the edge off, but if you are slurring your words trying to talk to me, that’s probably going to be the end of our conversation.


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

A bottle opener. I am constantly playing with it and swinging it around my finger. One day it’s going to get away from me and hurt someone I think, but it hasn’t happened yet!

To learn more about Heather Furr and the Lingerie Football League, head over to their website and follow her on Twitter @HeatherFurr

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