Ellery Nikita

Ellery Nikita

Staff Writer

University of Illinois
Bartender of the Week: The Red Lion’s Casey

Name: Casey McNamara Bar: The Red Lion Relationship Status: Single, the commitment of pledge marriage was too much for me, need I say more? Major: Industrial design Favorite Drink: Kentucky Mule Favorite Shot: Jägerbombs, baby. Disgusting Drink: Gin, the dry aftertaste is reminiscent of isopropyl alcohol. Not a fan.What would you make for someone stuck […]

Bartender of the Week: Kam’s’ Joe

Name: Joe Twitter Handle: @joejeffers_32 Bar: Kam’s Relationship Status: Hmm, single. Major: Business Favorite Drink: Captain and Coke Favorite Shot: JFK Disgusting Drink: Tequila on the rocksWhat would you make for someone stuck in Champaign for spring break?:  A HEFTY amount of Everclear and chaser of choice.What do you think is most different between bartending […]

QUIZ: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Illini Republican?

This quiz was made to tell you the harsh truth about whether or not you have what it takes to be an Illini Republican. Good luck!

Bartender of the Week: Firehaus’ Maggie

Name: Maggie Twitter Handle: @maggieobrien31 Bar: Firehaus Relationship Status: Long distance…cat and mouse. Major: MCB Favorite Drink: BEER Favorite Shot: Breakfast shot Disgusting Drink: MalortWhat would your dad say if he hung out in Firehaus for a night?: That it needs a larger gin selection.             Describe the weirdest interaction you’ve had with a patron […]

Bartender of the Week: Clybourne’s Riley

Name: Riley Geschke Bar: The Newly Renovated Clybourne Relationship: Christian Mingle has never looked so good Major: Recreation sports tourism Favorite Drink: English breakfast with milk and sugar Favorite Shot: Malört Disgusting Drink: Any drink made by Michael Speranza, even worse if it’s a gin and tonicWhat would your dad say if he hung out […]

If UIUC Bars Were Chain Restaurants

UIUC bars are a staple in every student’s diet, whether they serve food or not. Chain restaurants are pretty similar to UIUC bars, you'll see.

Bartender of the Week: Legends’ Patrick

Name: Patrick Bar: Legends Relationship Status: Recently upgraded to Tinder Premium Major: Education Favorite Drink: Four Loko Gold Favorite Shot: Mind Eraser Disgusting Drink: Four Loko GrapeWould you like working at Legends on Unofficial? Why or why not?: Never worked on Unofficial, but I’d rather not have to deal with customers who mixed excessive amounts […]

Bartender of the Week: Joe’s Brewery’s Sal

Name: Sal Bar: Joe’s Relationship Status: I love alcohol, but I’m not sure if it loves me back. (It’s complicated.) Major: Finance in agriculture business  Favorite Drink: Chocolate milk Favorite Shot: Strong shot of beer Disgusting Drink: Warm vodka milk, thanks Portillo.Would you like working at Joe’s on Unofficial? Why or why not?: No, because […]

QUIZ: Which UIUC Bar Bathroom Are You?

As a UIUC student, you’ve spent countless days and dollars at the bars around campus. Maybe they were the best of times, maybe they were the worst of times. The one common denominator in every trip is that you spent a lot of time waiting in line for the bathroom and it’s not unlikely that […]

Bartender of the Week: Joe’s Brewery’s Chris

Name: Chris Topalis Twitter Handle: @CTopalis Bar: Joe’s Brewery Relationship Status: Single Major: Financial planning Favorite Drink: Jäger Bombs Favorite Shot: Tequila Disgusting Drink: Vodka Water LimesWhat’s your best tip story since working at Joe’s?: When one of my friends wrote #christopalistopbartender on their receipt (thx Jimmy).What is the craziest thing that’s ever happened in […]