If you ask Bradley Kincaid what his favorite job is, he won’t say bartending. Although he has been in the drink-slinging profession for eight years, Kincaid has a much more challenging job that has stolen his heart – fatherhood.
“It’s by far my favorite job of all my jobs,” he said. “I have seven children, five biological and two adopted, and being a father is the best job of all my jobs.”
Besides bartending at Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar, Kincaid also runs a graphic design business from his home and works with an online gaming company to help make ends meet. But, he said, he sticks with bartending for its flexible schedule.
“The thing I love about bartending is being able to make a substantial amount of income with the least amount of time being away from home,” he said. “My girlfriend and I both work here, so we can be home with them.”
As for his favorite spirit, Kincaid said he would call himself an unusual bartender.
“I never touched alcohol until I was 30 years old,” he said. “Now, I’m a fruity cocktail kind of guy. I usually walk up to the bar and tell the bartender to make what they would make their girlfriend.”
Kincaid explained his first child was a daughter, and he wanted to lead by example when it came to drinking, so he put it off as long as he could.
“I didn’t want her to think that men had to be always walking around with a beer in their hand,” he said. “I had her at 17 years old, but by 30, I already had seven kids, so I figured it was time!”
Naturally, Kincaid chose a fruity drink as his signature sip. The Island Getaway is a frozen pina colada, and the fun part is it comes in a palm tree souvenir cup.
“Pina coladas are one of those tropical drinks that almost everybody likes,” he said. “We put our own spin on it with the blue curacao and the palm tree cup. We just want to allow people to get that festive party vibe while enjoying their drink on the beach.”
The 20-ounce palm tree cups come in an array of colors including blue, orange, red, green and purple and are perfect for spring break and summer sipping.
“When there are people sitting at the bar and they see someone with the palm tree, they always ask, ‘What’s that?’” Kincaid said. “A tall frozen daiquiri or pina colada in one of our souvenir cups is the way to go!”
Al's Beach Club & Burger Bar is on Okaloosa Island within The Boardwalk at 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy. For more information, visit www.alsbeachclub.com or call 850-226-4100.