I work (and I mean WORK) at Mabel - Cocktail Den/Rum Empire, Paris. My own bar.
I love bars that give you an experience, whatever it is... drinks are important but the service is also very important. So is the music, the glassware, the napkins... It's a whole. Mabel is my all-time favourite but that's a given. My favourite bars around the world are: -Mace, NYC (where drinks are actually outstanding.) -M Bar @ Mandarin Oriental, Hong-Kong that will give you the most beautiful view over the Hong Kong bay from the top of the building. Priceless. -Artesian at the Langham, London. Great drinks. Nice atmosphere. Lovely service.
Damoiseau 1980 Full Proof (Velier Bottling)
Serving drinks to Jessica Alba. Having four colleague waitresses run up to the bar, shout my name and lift up their shirts, during service.
Are you at least going to buy me a drink first?
Well, we opened Mabel less than a year ago so my focus is on what's next. It's been a pretty hectic year but there's more to come, I promise. In the meantime, next is breakfast.
Best: "I don't bite... unless it's called for" (although I realise it was taken from a Lauren Bacall movie) And most recently: "Have you ever done it on a bar?" Worst: "You look sad. Can I buy you a drink?"
"Hot Like A BarChick" 60ml Teeling Irish Whiskey Rhum Cask Finish 120ml Innis & Gunn "Rum Cask" Strong Ale 60ml Smoked Quince Puree 30ml Galangal-Turmeric Cordial Bring all ingredients to a simmer. Pour into a Mug Garnish: Spice Dust (Turmeric/Nutmeg/Galangal/Tonka) Serve with a fortune cookie. Wanna know what it says?
I like it with sweet vermouth. And switch the clear spirit with aged rum.
Batman Kung-Fu Millionnaire (basically earning millions just for kicking asses but still looking sharp) or professional Tennis player.