Photo by Sara Norris
PacificSD: Where are you from?
MARK RILLOS: In short, San Diego, but I was a military brat, so there’s a little bit of Japan mixed in there with some Arizona for high school and college.
Where do you work?
A brand-new, awesome spot downtown; it’s called Florent Restaurant & Lounge. And another new awesome place in OB, The OB Noodle House Bar 1502. Both are killer, and everyone needs to come check them out if they haven’t yet.
Where else have you worked?
I was a Bloody Mary factory at Urban Solace a few years back. If you haven’t been to their bluegrass brunch on Sunday, you’re missing out. I was also the male equivalent of a beer wench at the High Dive in Bay Park awhile back.
What’s your motto when you’re bartending?
‘Treat others how you like to be treated.’ Just because I’m on one side of the bar doesn’t mean I have the right to be pretentious or act a certain way, unless you’re ordering AMFs [Adios Motherf***ers]. Then I have every right to be a dick.
What drink do you recommend for people who’ve been naughty?
Jameson, Fernet, Fortaleza... and ‘tis the season for Rumplemintz.
How about for nice folks?
Jameson, Fernet, Fortaleza, Rumplemintz - join the party!
Have you been naughty or nice yourself?
Well-behaved men seldom make history.
What do you expect to find in your X-mas stocking?
That bastard should know me by now: a six-pack of Sculpin, Haribo gummy bears, a bottle of tequila, Chargers tickets and an economy size bottle of Aspirin. Just the necessities, you know?
What’s the best gift you’ll give this year?
I have a friend who, every year, goes up and actually cuts down Christmas trees to give to people who can’t afford their own. I think it’s so awesome and I plan on joining him this year.
What’s the best gift you’ll receive?
Hopefully, I’ll get the time off I requested - wink, wink - and get to spend some time with my family up in Portland, Oregon.
If you put yourself in a gift-wrapped box, who would want to tear you open?
I’m gonna go ahead and say Margot Robbie, the actress who plays Naomi in The Wolf of Wall Street. Yeah, I feel like she would enjoy her present.
Fill in the blanks: I’m ___ ‘s gift to ___ .
I’m God’s gift to bachelorette parties. I don’t know what it is, but they seem to find me, and I like to play along. Fuel the fire, you know. A couple weeks back, a group may or may not have left with a personal article of my clothing. Speaking of that naughty list, I have some people to add.