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Meet Freddie Moreno

Today we’d like to introduce you to Freddie Moreno.

Freddie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been a troubled individual in the past (who hasn’t right?), caught between following the “outlaw” life of a Latino biker or leading a life where I go to college and become as self-made as possible by either selling used cars or working in real estate mortgage processing. I feel like I became truly focused at 20 years old when I got involved in the bar industry.

Behind the bar, slinging drinks left, right and forward, my past as a beaten down and broken child raised by an abusive father didn’t matter. My real fears of getting thrown against walls and kicked in the head went away. I always felt like a superhero expressing myself through cocktails and craft drinks. If you have a hankering for an Old Fashioned? I’ll give you the best one of your life! Need an ear? I’ll be the cheapest non-certified therapist you’ve ever seen.

One of the best people I know, my stepfather Alvaro, once told me: “be kind, because being unkind is a hundred times harder.” As a bartender of years, that’s one thing I’ve always strived to be. From a dive bar in Covina to a hotel bar in Pasadena, to a motorcycle-centric craft cocktail bar in Downtown LA I’ve reveled in being kind and expressing that kindness through cocktails. If that’s something I wish to pass on is to be good to your fellow human. We’re all stuck on this rock after all! At the end of the day, I’m just some unknown frequently on a motorbike bartender from LA but I can go to sleep each night knowing I made at least one person smile that day. Pass on the cheers and maybe a drink too. Find me on IG @mrdasharound sharing pictures, recipes, maybe a couple of lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Can you give our readers some background on your work?
I express myself through cocktails with a strong emphasis in the human connection there is in tending bar. My message is simple, let’s all be nicer to each other. I mean, with the turmoil in today’s society, why not? Make it a mission to make someone smile each day and you’d be surprised how much brighter your own day becomes.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
It’s something everyone says but not everyone practices. Be humble. It’s hard to do too so I understand why it’s easier to be cocky and think you’re a superstar when you’ve got a few bit of followers. I’ve had mentors who I’ve completely lost respect for because as their mentee, all of a sudden I’m given the cold shoulder? It’s a bit sad, but hey you live, you learn.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Primarily on my Instagram @mrdasharound, or by getting in contact with me by following or messaging me to find out where I’m guest bartending, I’d love to serve you up something completely unique, rad, and representative of me.

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Image Credit:
Myself, Freddie Moreno, @mrdasharound; My childhood friend and professional photographer, Elias De La Torre @knightz_lenz. All image credits are used with written permission.

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