Who | Scott Howdeshell
Where | Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Current Bar | Iron City
Past Bar(s) | Dave’s Pub, Workplay, Blue Monkey, Bell Bottoms, Temperance Hall (DC), Inde Bleu (DC), Iota Club (DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (DC)
Favourite Spirit | Clear Creek Distillery’s Pear Brandy
Favourite Juice | Water, man. H20.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Hanky Panky
Favourite Part of the Job | The rush from a small group of bartenders taking care of over a thousand customers in a small frame of time during a sold out show of some great musical act.
Favourite After Work Drink | Irish whiskey. Power’s if available.
Favourite at Home Drink | Wine with dinner. Whiskey for fun.
Favourite bar in the world | 9:30 Club (DC)
Best known for | I suppose I am still pretty damned fast in high volume bartending for an old man.
Best story from behind the wood | That time I grabbed Ryan Phillippe up by the collar when he was trying to put down a line, and told him that we had locking bathrooms, buddy.
What do you collect? Books.
Favourite thing about your city? The passion and excellence of the other bartenders around. And the burgeoning food scene.
What was the last photo that you took? It was of my lovely girlfriend and myself at a minor league baseball game.
Where was your last vacation? Never really had a vacation. More into the day/2-day trip thing to go see a show.
Any claims to fame? Hmm. I got accepted to Camp Runamok, but couldn’t go because my cat was sick. I did win an alt-weekly’s write-in vote for best curated juke box back in D.C., which I was pretty proud of.
Belt or suspenders? “My belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up. I don’t really know what’s happening down there. Who is the real hero?” ~Mitch Hedberg
Fernet or Cynar? Fernet. I am not trying to impress anyone with my cleverness.
New Orleans or New York City? New Orleans by far. The phrase Southern hospitality comes to mind.
Glass or Tin? Aluminum can.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Sure, if I am off.