Who | Nicolas Mertens
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Chabrol
Past Bar(s) | Cava, THR&Co, Richmond Station
Favourite Spirit | Pastis
Favourite Juice | Pink lemonade
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Tuxedo No. 2
Favourite Part of the Job | Working the champagne cart.
Favourite After Work Drink | Provençal rosé.
Favourite at Home Drink | Champagne (preferably Récoltant-Manipulant) OR fino sherry
Favourite bar in the world | Maison Premiere (Williamsburg, New York)
Best known for | Pouring champagne and being the most depressing person you’ve ever met.
Best story from behind the wood | I’d tell you but it’s quite filthy.
What do you collect? Records, books, and ties.
Favourite thing about your city? Toronto is a very subtle city. Unlike somewhere like New York that has such obvious beauty and culture, you have to go looking in Toronto. Mediocrity is quite present in this city, people still come to fuck up, that’s why everything closes in two years which keeps the city fresh; or rather, in a state of constantly being refreshed. I like the late-night camaraderie, the spoiling each other, the twisted people that work in the industry, and because of Toronto’s lack of real music or art culture (even what’s there is pretty bland), food and drink has become the dominant cultural movement in the city: there’s a scene. Like I’ve seen Matty Matheson eating in the same restaurant as Gord Downie and I think it’s hilarious that restaurant people get treated way better than the rockstars and the millionaires. I’m not sure if that’s my favourite thing about Toronto, but within the context of anyone on an industry website I think this is worth noting.
What was the last photo that you took? Probably of a wine label, if I get drunk but I drink something good, I want to make sure I remember it. Otherwise, I’m really not much of a photographer.
Where was your last vacation? Montréal
Any claims to fame? I’m pretty unextraordinary.
Belt or suspenders? Either, but not both at the same time.
Fernet or Cynar? Fernet Branca.
New Orleans or New York City? Never been to New Orleans, but I do love New York.
Glass or Tin? Yari.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Sure.