When the Giants or Warriors are playing, Fire Fly is the place to be. Unlike many other sports bars, this one takes great pride in its cocktails. Bartenders tailor their creations to a customer’s liking and taste. C-One Tang, a longtime member of the Fire Fly team, is here to give you the full scoop on the scene and talk about some of her most popular citrus drinks.
BAR info: 2457 Noriega St., S.F. (415) 682-8877
Where are you from? I was born and raised in the Sunset district of San Francisco. As a bartender, I worked all over The City. However, I found my home in the Sunset with the Fire Fly family.
Why did you choose bartending? I started off looking for a job right after college. I went to [UC Santa Cruz]. My mom’s a workaholic and I got that from her. So after I left college, I immediately started working. My friend was bartending at Would You Believe cocktails on Geary and she got me a job.
What makes Fire Fly a unique experience? It’s your neighborhood bar with an entertainment twist. Not only are all our bartenders hospitable and creative, we also have a DJ who spins an eclectic array of music, a pool table and a karaoke room.
So why should people come here? We have an outstanding staff where we’re always trying to create new drinks for our customers.
What are some of the drinks you create for customers? I like the fact that customers can enjoy not only the taste, but also the presentation and sense of a cocktail. It’s like cooking; the artistry to create the entire dish is the same as creating that perfect cocktail. My top-selling cocktails are Ro Ro, Date Grape, Where Tea Wild Tings Are and Orange Cremesicle.
What’s your favorite drink? I am a vodka drinker, and I can pretty much drink all kinds of vodka with all the flavors to choose from.
What is Fire Fly known for? Every time the S.F. Giants or Golden State Warriors are playing, we always showcase that and it gets really packed here.
What is one challenge you have as a bartender? Since I’ve been bartending for about nine years, I think the common challenge is dealing with inebriated folks who act obnoxious and sometimes pretentious.
How do you deal with obnoxious customers? Well, most of the time I’ll spot it before anything will even happen, so I’d immediately refuse service. There are times where I have to stand my ground and be assertive.
How do you come up with the drinks? I talk to the customers and figure out what type of personality they have. I base it off of what mood they’re in. Mood is very important when I’m developing drinks.
— Bryan Vo
Drink Special: RO-RO
1 part Disaronno
0.5 oz. sweet and sour mix
1.5 oz. 7-Up
Top it with Blue Moon in a high ball glass. Garnish with orange (essential part of the ingredients)