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Amy Bladow - BarNone

Interviewed by Brian West
Photos by Michael Wessel

a picture of bartender Amy Bladow from BarNoneStepping into BarNone, located on the corner of Juneau and Water Street, you immediately know this is a different kind of Water Street bar. By far the smallest on the block, None feels more like an old-school corner bar ... not dingy or dirty (quite the opposite, actually), but warm and friendly, as if stepping into a close friend’s house.

It’s not so much the space that makes you feel that way, however, as it is the staff behind the bar. In particular, it’s owner/operator Amy Bladow. Whether you’ve known her for years or for just 5 minutes, Amy has a way of making you feel like a welcomed friend. Her easy demeanor, laid-back attitude and snarky wit are genuine—and you can sense that immediately. Amy’s focus on service, combined with her sense of humor, has attracted a steady group of regulars, including a large following in the service industry.

Next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop into BarNone and get to know Amy. Maybe you can buy her a shot ... we hear she likes Powers ...

Q. What is your experience (number of years, etc.)?
I have been behind the stick for 6 years now. I started bartending in college in Madison and that’s where I fell in love with it. I moved to Milwaukee to open BarNone. That was a little over 2 years ago now.

Q. Favorite drink to serve and why?
“None” really is a beer-and-a-shot kind of place. We drink tons of whiskey here and I like it that way.

Q. Why bartending? How did you choose this profession?
I was actually resistant to the idea in the beginning and a friend of mine who was managing a place in Madison talked me into bartending one night a week. Turns out I was actually a pretty good bartender and enjoyed doing it. I haven’t looked back since.

Q. If you weren't tending bar, what would you do?
I played volleyball through college, so if I weren’t bartending, I would either be coaching or playing somewhere overseas.

Q. What do you do on your night(s) off (what is your ideal night off)?
Because BarNone is such a service-industry-strong bar, I spend a lot of nights off visiting other bartenders around the city. I like to eat, but don’t particularly enjoy cooking, so I also spend nights off trying to find new favorite restaurants.

Q. Biggest pet peeves?
I really dislike rude people. Just be respectful to the bartender, other patrons and the establishment, and chances are the night will be a big success.

Q. Craziest night/story behind a bar?
I love and hate Halloween; it’s neat to see the creative costumes that people come up with and how into it people get, but it is such amateur hour! Girls, WEAR COATS! It’s October in Wisconsin. It is going to be cold!

Q. Your philosophy behind the bar and advice to other bartenders?
My philosophy behind the bar is to try and make sure every person that steps in my door has a great experience and a fun night. I try and connect with my patrons and cultivate a relationship with them. It means more to them and I have made some of my best friends that way.

Anybody can make a cocktail; not everyone make a connection.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
BarNone keeps me fairly busy and I’m behind the stick most nights here. Despite that, I am always looking for other ventures around Milwaukee and Madison. If the opportunity presents itself, I would love to open another bar in the next few years. I think I forget how hard opening BarNone was initially, but the challenge is exciting and so rewarding.

Q. What is your bar known for? What sets your bar apart from the others in your area?
I describe BarNone to everyone as a neighborhood bar that happens to be downtown. It has that “Cheers” quality about it, where everybody knows your name and anybody will be comfortable. It is an escape from the typical ‘Water Street’ bars. We have no gimmick; people come because it’s a laid-back, comfortable place to sit and get a beer and a shot with your friend. None is also the best place in Milwaukee to watch a Badger game.

Q. How is the bar scene different here from Madison? How is it the same?
I feel like the night life scene in Milwaukee is much more diverse than in Madison. Milwaukee caters to everyone and anyone with our cocktail lounges, dance clubs, college bars and corner taverns; this diversity is different than in Madison. As for similarities, Milwaukee and Madison are both cities that are huge supporters of local products; be it beer or booze, people like to support (and drink) Wisconsin products.

Q. What drink would you say you're known for?

We drink whiskey at None like it has the antidote in it.

a picture of a shot of Powers Whiskey. Photo by Michael Wessel.

Powers is normally the shot of choice, but we drink our fair share of Telley and Jamo, too. I feel like if I give a recipe here I will sound like those awful Disaronno commercials, so use your imagination.