Sean "Sonic" Leckie's bartending resume includes
prominent local hotspots: the W Hotel's Beach,
Onyx Room, Vin de Syrah and even Petco Park.
Nowadays, he slings drinks at Basic Urban
Kitchen & Bar in East Village, and he'll soon be pouring
at Basic's new sister spot, URBN Coal Fired Pizza and
Bar in North Park. Yet, despite all the public face-time
from his bar gigs, it's Sonic's voice that people most often
recognize. That's because when he isn't behind the bar,
he's a weekend deejay and producer at Channel 933
FM-and he used to be the sidekick on the radio station's
highly rated morning show, AJ's Playhouse, where he was
known for his song parodies and quick wit.
During a rare occasion when he's off-air and isn't on-
tap, Sonic dishes on his radio gig, the time he insulted
Green Day and why men should never ask him to make
his specialty cocktail.
PacificSD: So, how does a bartender land a job on the
Sonic: Hard work. I started as an intern when I was going
to school and moved up within four years, after working
at other stations like KGB. Now, I'm a morning show
producer and deejaying on the air on weekends at 933.
What's your specialty cocktail?
I can make a mean mojito. Besides
that, when a dude comes in says, "What
can you make that's good?" I just make
them something really jacked up, like gin
with Red Bull and cream.
Ewww. [Laughs] It's disgusting, man! They pretend to like it because they don't want to insult you. For girls, it's all right to do that, but a man should know his drink.
[Laughs] It's disgusting, man! They
pretend to like it because they don't want
to insult you. For girls, it's all right to do
that, but a man should know his drink.
Most embarrassing bartending moment?
Oh, man, one time I was doing this trick
where I squeeze the lime in the drink,
throw it behind my back, and it comes
back around and I catch it in the glass.
I was showing off for these girls and I
flicked the lime right into my eye-it was
watering uncontrollably and turning red.
Nice. Yeah, that's what they said. The girls were like, "niiiice."
Yeah, that's what they said. The girls
were like, "niiiice."
Favorite hangover recovery spots: "Oh, the Hash House [in Hillcrest]
for sure. you can get the 'Hair of the Dog,' which is a really big Bloody
Mary and a ton of food. I always get the fried chicken."
Preferred late-night nosh: "I'm not trying to drop a plug, but Basic is
serving pizza til 1:45, and they're right by my house."
Celebrity customers: "This one guy came in, and I was making fun of
his tie-until my buddy told me, 'Hey man, that's the guy from Green
Billie Joe Armstrong
Biggest Tip: "A couple hundred bucks? I can't remember, or maybe I
just don't deserve one. When you serve gin with Red Bull and cream,
you might not get a big tip."