With New Year's Eve only day's away, Mojo's, 114 N. Sacramento Street, is preparing for their big New Year's Eve celebration. Bartender Angelique Lavallee, 24, is ready to serve up everything from homemade goody bags to Long Island iced teas, beer and plenty of champagne.
Recently Lavallee took time away from the bar to talk about her New Year's Eve expectations at Mojo's, where Oak Ridge Winery's raspberry and classic sparkling wine will be served.
Q: A lot of people are going to celebrate New Year's Eve here at Mojo's. Are you planning anything special for the evening?
A: We're going to have a champagne bar lined up against the back. And we're going to have gift bags with poppers and party stuff. The owner and I go out and do all the shopping and make the girly gift bags.
Q: Did you work here last New Year's Eve? What was it like?
A: I didn't work here but I was here on New Year's Eve as a patron. It was packed. They had a DJ and champagne.
Q: Do you expect New Year's Eve to be rowdy?
A: It'll be like our normal Saturday night crowd.
Q: What ages of people do you think will come on Monday night?
A: It's a wide range, from 21 to probably 50.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: We want everyone to come dressed appropriately.
Q: What's a popular New Year's Eve drink?
A: The big drink will be champagne. But I don't think the holidays make a difference when it comes to drink. Mimosas, cosmopolitans and Long Island ice teas are always popular. And you can't take a guy away from his beer.
Q: In general, who can handle their alcohol better - men or women?
A: We're pretty strict on controlling (people's alcohol intake). But in general, probably guys because they are bigger and have a little more mass.
Q: You said you can't take a man from his beer. Are there other drinks that guys like?
A: Jack and Coke. Tequila - shots - that's a big one. Vodka tonics. Long Island iced teas.
Q: Do you ever feel challenged because you're a woman in a job that many say is a man's job?
A: It has its advantages and its disadvantages. It's not hard, especially with the crew. We're more like a family.
Q: How did you get started as a bartender?
A: I was a tooter girl here - I would give shots. I started bartending in May.
Q: Are you from Lodi?
A: I am. I went to Lodi High. It's nice, you get to see everyone who comes in, and you know them.
Q: Do you feel like a lot of people in their twenties come here because there isn't anything else for them to do in Lodi?
A: Yeah, there isn't a lot for young people to do. We have a lot of activities here. Monday nights we have Monday Night Football with ping pong. Tuesday is karaoke. Wednesday we have cribbage tournaments. Wednesday is also restaurant-appreciation night so local (restaurateurs) can come in an get a discount on drinks. It's our way of showing support. Then on Thursday, Friday and Saturday we have a disc jockey and dancing.
Q: How many people are you expecting on New Year's Eve?
A: It depends. We'll have our full capacity definitely.
Q: If you could choose any one person, famous or not, to kiss at the stroke of midnight, who would you choose?
A: Can it be a double kiss? Brad Pitt and the guy from "The Notebook," Ryan Gosling. He's so cute. Adorable!
Q: What do you want to tell people who still don't have New Year's Eve plans?
A: Definitely come by. I've spent New Year's in so many different places and they're always crowded. There are local people here and it's going to be really awesome.
Q: Is there anyone who shouldn't come?
A: No - unless they're under 21.