Bartender Chat: Eileen Aguirre of Goro & Gun
Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're passionate about and what makes them some of Houston's best.
Photo courtesy Goro & Gun The bar at Goro & Gun is always well stocked.
"Oh my God, no!"
I'd just sat down at the dark wooden bar at Goro & Gun and explained to the bartender, Eileen Aguirre, that I was going to take a video for the Houston Press.
"I thought it was just going to be a photo! Oh my God. OK. Hang on, I'm nervous."
It's funny how cool and collected bartenders are when talking to customers about their loves over a shot of tequila, but ask a bartender to tell you about herself, and she's suddenly shy.
"Let's just talk first," I said, as if easing into a weird first date.
Aguirre fussed with her bangs and giggled uncomfortably. Then she took a deep breath.
"OK," she said. "I'm ready."
How long have you been with Goro & Gun?
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Eileen Aguirre makes an Aromatic Toddy.
Since August. So about six months.
What were you doing before that?
I was bartending at an Irish pub not making amazing cocktails. I was pouring Guinness and Powers. Josh (Martinez, owner of Goro & Gun) stole me from Shay McElroy's right down the street. We've been friends for a while, and I hosted the first day that they opened. I'd always wanted to get behind the bar, but I didn't have the experience. But they had a little faith in me.
If you weren't bartending, what would you be doing?
I guess writing. Or, if money was no object, taming wild horses. I like nature and mountains and stuff like that.
When you're not here, where do you go to drink?
I like Poison Girl a lot. I like to kick it and have a beer there. My other go-to is Bad News Bar.
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