Who | Meg McCarthy
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Dailo/LoPan
Past Bar(s) | R&D, County General, there are a lot.
Favourite Spirit | Tequila
Favourite Juice | Grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Negroni
Favourite Part of the Job | I love the moments of solitude when you’re setting up the bar. Getting everything just right before a big night. It’s just you and your bottles, and you get into a sort of zen with your set up and the music you play. Lately I’m on a big classical kick so I just listen to impressionist piano sonatas before service.
Favourite After Work Drink | Water, water, water, and more water. Then a glass of wine.
Favourite at Home Drink | Bourbon
Favourite bar in the world | Matador (Santa Fe, NM)
Best known for | Probably that I’m actually an opera singer by trade, or that I’m American. I dunno you tell me.
Best story from behind the wood | I once had a guest argue with me for a solid five minutes about a dish I had just served her, which we have always had on our menu, and was always served the same way, for five years.. She kept insisting that I was wrong and that the dish that explicitly said “fried chicken” was supposed to be grilled. It got to the point where all I could do was laugh because she was so aggressively adamant that the fried chicken was grilled. It was so silly her tinderdate kept apologizing for her and I had a very hard time taking anything she said seriously for the rest of the night.
What do you collect? Magnets! I try to buy at least one whenever I travel to a city.
Favourite thing about your city? The fantastic transit system that never breaks down or has any delays. Kidding. I would have to say the people. Toronto is filled with a whole lot of super welcoming individuals and the same goes for our bartending community. When I first started I had such great support from people I now consider to be very good friends and mentors.
What was the last photo that you took? A picture of paw prints inlayed in fresh concrete. Poor little doggo.
Where was your last vacation? Upstate New York! Lake George then the Catskills. I have to brag a bit and say that New York State is one of the most beautiful places on earth, especially in the fall.
Any claims to fame? I’ve sung on stage at Roy Thompson Hall, and on the Eastman Kodak stage, Both of which were pretty neat.
Belt or suspenders? Neither.
Fernet or Cynar? Cynar
New Orleans or New York City? New York City
Glass or Tin? Tin always.