Who | Alex Black
Where | Vancouver, Canada
Current Bar | Laowai and Bagheera
Past Bar(s) | Vancouver Club, Hawksworth, Granville Room, Wildebeest
Favourite Spirit | That’s like choosing a favourite child
Favourite Juice | Grape, but only when it’s fermented and fortified
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Sazerac
Favourite Part of the Job | The genuine gratitude shown by someone who receives a top-level hospitality experience and getting to build relationships with so many amazing people around the world.
Favourite After Work Drink | Guinness
Favourite at Home Drink | Scotch
Favourite bar in the world | Three-way tie: Ruby in Copenhagen, Craft Pride in Austin, the Billy Bishop Legion in Vancouver
Best known for | Sarcasm, dark humour and obscure facts
Best story from behind the wood | One time a couple came in for their anniversary, the woman was in tears of sheer gratitude. The husband was beyond gracious, feelings don’t get much better than those.
What do you collect? Not much, books more than anything.
Favourite thing about your city? The potential, the fact nothing comes easy, and that it feels like home.
What was the last photo that you took? Ed (Carlos) Bell as he was falling over in the back of a limo.
Where was your last vacation? Peru
Any claims to fame? I won a competition in Esquire magazine to name Obama’s home brew, I called it “Ale-Force-One”.
Prosecco or Cava? Lambrusco
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Tie, they both lose. Scrappy’s Aromatic and Orleans all day
Singapore or San Francisco? Never been. But, the Pisco Punch is better than the Singapore Sling, so…
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Pineapple, all day, on all things. I will die on this hill
Glass or Tin? Tin