Monday, December 31, 2007

Tanked and Friendless: Modus

He’s just so adorable, this bartender, with his painstakingly crafted bed-head and his dimples. He looks about 19, so I don’t so much want to make out with him as I want to pinch his cheeks and pack him a lunchbox for school.

“A glass of Shiraz, please,” I say. Generally I don’t like ordering wine in bars unless it’s a wine bar. I’m not that kind of girl. But the décor in Modus says cocktail and wine much louder than beer, and the gin and tonic I had earlier wasn’t that good. So I’m breaking down and going for the wine.

The cute little bartender looks at me with a blank little smile for a few seconds, then turns around to get my drink. I see him go into the fridge where they keep the whites and I think, “Oh sweet pea, that hair of yours is the reason you’re here isn’t it?” After failing to find red wine in the fridge, the little fella asks a female bartender. She motions to the reds up on the counter and he digs through those for a minute. Then he comes back to me and asks, “Did you want Shiraz or Syrah?”

I tell him they’re the same thing, and he laughs at himself a little and goes back and gets me an $11 glass. I leave him a decent tip because those sheepish little smiles won’t be so cute in a few years and he’s going to need some savings. I just hope he doesn’t spend it all on gumballs.

I finished my wine on the small but fun outside patio with my friends, because it was getting crowded inside and the furniture, while interesting in design, isn’t really that comfortable.

Name: Modus Supper Club

Location: 2202 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Fun Fact: As the full name implies, Modus is a “supper club,” so it has a full menu. I've heard the food is decent. Not really a fun fact, but an important one if you’re deciding where to go out.
State of Guinness: I’m not 100% on this, but I think its non-existent. Yeah, I know.


Red said...

Lack of Guinness should really be a punishable crime...

Tiffany said...

I still think the "Shiraz or Syrah?" was a trick question.

Nooch said...

God Bless a cute bartender, even if he isn't even old enough to drink in the place he works.

Dave H said...


Somebody on Chowhound also had wine problems at this place.