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First Call: Changes' Bartender Says AMF to Bellingham

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A weekly blog feature in which our writers walk into a bar and ask the bartender to make us his or her favorite drink.

Watering hole: Changes, 2103 N. 45th St., 545-8363, WALLINGFORD

Bartender: Kyle Santler

Getting Seattleites drunk since: 2008 (He's only 23.)

Kyle, hit me with your favorite drink. It's an AMF (Adios, Mother Fucker). It's similar to a Long Island ... white rum, vodka, silver tequila, gin... but it's topped off with Blue Curacao and 7-Up instead of Coke.

AMFs are killer. Why the hell do you like 'em so much? [Laughs.] Well, they get the night started off pretty quickly.

So let's say you're out on the town. How many AMFs will you drink? Two, tops. Then I switch to beer.

That's probably for the best. Where do you usually go out in Seattle? I like the Elite and the Cuff. But I live in Madrona now. I used to go to those places more often when I lived on Capitol Hill ... you can get in a lot more trouble when there are things in walking distance of your front door.

I hear ya on that one. Are you from Seattle? I'm actually from Bellingham. But the gay lifestyle brought me here. Bellingham is a really boring place to be gay.

Ha! I bet. Well, we're glad to have you here. Changes is well established as a gay bar. But it's even better known for its Wednesday night karaoke. What is your song of choice? Oh, I don't sing.

Okay. Say you have five AMFs instead of your usual two. What are you gonna sing? Kings of Leon. "Sex Is on Fire."

Nice! Any songs that get beat to death every week? Um ... somebody always sings that song by that American Idol girl. The one about slashing all four of your tires.

Are you talking about Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats"? Yes.

You're telling me that Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" is your most requested karaoke song? What the hell happened to the '80s rock ballads? I don't know. But somebody sings the Carrie Underwood song every week without fail.

Interesting. I've gotta ask you about Changes' now infamous karaoke brawl over Coldplay's "Yellow." A drunk woman punched this guy and tried to get into a fight with him ... she said he wasn't singing the song right. It was weird. I mean, Coldplay sings pretty mellow songs.

Have either of them been in here since? I haven't seen the woman. But he's in here a lot. He's a regular. We have a lot of regulars. Changes is the gay Cheers. Everybody knows your name.

 
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