Landshark’s Pizza Co. in Destin has a local vibe, and that’s exactly how bartender Paige Herron likes it.
“We want to know what you drink, and what you like,” she said. “Like the Cheers bar mentality.”
Herron has been bartending for Landshark’s for eight years now and says she loves that she has regular customers, yet she strives to make newcomers feel like they are at home as well.
“When I’m here, I’m like everyone’s therapist,” she said. “I’m here to listen. You have to remember that bartenders are like the unpaid therapists.”
Although she listens well, she said she is also known by the locals for her fun side.
“I’m sassy … everybody always laughs about my attitude,” she said. “We all have our little inside jokes and personal jokes. It’s funny.”
When it comes to the task of deciphering what guests like, Herron said that is a welcome challenge as Landshark’s offers a large array of beer and bourbon.
“We have 27 different draft beers with 15 of them local, and our bourbons are amazing,” she said. “(Owner) Brian Hassmann has such a good taste in bourbon so we have about 50 to 60 different varieties of bourbons.”
In fact, Herron chose to feature one such bourbon, Blanton’s single barrel bourbon whiskey, in her signature sip, the classic Old Fashioned.
“It has orange bitters, simple syrup, dark cherries, an orange slice and all of our bourbon drinks get a 2-ounce pour,” she said. “If you love bourbon, this is your bar. We even have a bourbon night on Wednesdays where all bourbon drinks are $2 off.”
As for herself however, Herron said her spirit of choice is a simple one.
“I’m a vodka girl,” she said. “I do a vodka lemonade.”
Landshark's Pizza Co. is at 300 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Hours are 11 a.m - 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-9 p.m. on Sundays. Bourbon Night runs from open to close on Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.http://landsharkspizza.com or call 850-424-6743.