Who | Blake Canning
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | The Commoner
Past Bar(s) | A Toi, Black Angus, Reds
Favourite Spirit | Mezcal
Favourite Juice | Pineapple
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Irish Goodbye (1oz Powers Irish Whiskey, 1oz Cynar, 1oz Lille’s Blanc, expressed lemon zest)
Favourite Part of the Job | Scotch n’ Soul Sundays (cheap scotch, soul music and they let me wear a Hawaiian shirt)
Favourite After Work Drink | Stranger Than Fiction Porter (Collective Arts)
Favourite at Home Drink | Oaxaca Old Fashioned (when work lets me snag some agave nectar)
Favourite bar in the world | The original Death & Co NYC is my Disneyland.
Best known for | Old School Hospitality, according to my co-workers. Everyone sitting at my bar is a new friend, as cheesy as that sounds.
Favourite “at work” memory | Any time I can send someone something off menu like a classic or an original and they’re wow’ed by it. Seeing someone turn in to a “cocktail person”.
What do you collect? I’m one N away from getting all the stoppers for the Blanton’s display set as a birthday gift for my manager.
Favourite thing about your city? As a citizen, I’ve always loved how diverse and proud we are to be Canadian or from Toronto. As far as bartending goes, it never ceases to amaze me how creative, new, experimental and cool the bars in this city have always been with their cocktailing despite the fact that the LCBO doesn’t want us to have nice things.
What was the last photo that you took? In fact it was a photo of an orange peel that had been turned in to a beautiful garnish with some interesting folding and cutting, so I took a photo of all the slits to try and recreate it later.
Where was last place you traveled? NYC for some good theatre and great cocktails.
Any claims to fame? …I can juggle…?
Lager or IPA? Lager. Not about those hops.
Sparkling or Flat? Flat. A very dark part of me still thinks carbonated water (also see Soda and Tonic) of any kind is for sociopaths.
Miami or Mexico City? Speaking of sociopaths… Mexico City
Olive or Twist? Olive. Free snack.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Sure
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