Who | Dylan Riches
Where | Hong Kong SAR, China, Asia
Current Bar | The Old Man
Past Bar(s) | Brix & Mortar (Vancouver, Canada)
Favourite Spirit | Sherry
Favourite Juice | Pineapple
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Paper Plane
Favourite Part of the Job | I think it’s getting to play a part in the creation of an experience for people, which sounds pretty cliched but also equally true. To further the point I think the best part is that it’s rarely ever the same experience for people. Sometimes it’s those deep heart felt conversations you have with a guest you’ll never see again, other times it’s having those bumpin’ Friday nights where everyone is vibing, the music is good, and the drinks are flowing. Regardless of the type of experience, you can always tell when people walk away a little happier than when they came in and that’s really fulfilling. Maybe we aren’t out here curing cancer but we are (hopefully) giving people a space to let their hair down and enjoy themselves and I believe that’s important in its own way.
Favourite After Work Drink | Any lager. The dirtier and cheaper the better.
Favourite at Home Drink | Micheladas or wine if I’m lazy.
Favourite bar in the world | Aloha (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Best known for | Probably my dry humour. I joke around all the time but I’m very deadpan so you can never really tell if I’m kidding or not. I like to keep people on their toes that way.
Favourite “at work” memory | Back when I was first starting out, I was working at a sports bar with my best friend. We got up to all kinds of shenanigans (I think once we did a puppet show behind the bar), but one that stands out to me in particular was leading the entire bar in an a cappella rendition of, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Those moments where everyone is engaged together are always their own kind of magic.
What do you collect? Bottles of booze. Not even ones that are valuable or rare or even good, just ones that I know I’ll never see again. There’s something fun about walking into a tiny grocery store in Macau and finding an off brand bottle of snake wine covered in dust and buying it. It’s probably terrible but it’s something I know I’ll never see it again and I think that’s pretty cool.
Favourite thing about your city? I think it’s the dichotomy of old and new. The skyline here is comprised of all these crazy architectural super structures with neon lights everywhere, it’s something straight out Blade Runner. But then underneath all that are these neighbourhoods, these enclaves of an older time. Tiny temples tucked into stairwells and alleyways, wet markets and fruits stands, neighbourhood noodle shops that spill out onto the streets. They blend like someone trying to record a new show on an old VHS tape, so much of it is all shiny, futuristic, and new but then the tape skips for a second and you get to see what was on tape originally – what the city was like decades ago.
What was the last photo that you took? A picture of a children’s book called, “See Tom Cruise Run.” It’s exactly what you would expect.
Where was last place you traveled? Bangkok, Thailand
Any claims to fame? Team Taco – San Antonio Cocktail Conference. I’m pretty good at card tricks.
Lager or IPA? Lager
Sparkling or Flat? Sparkling. Flat is for plebs.
Miami or Mexico City? Mexico City
Olive or Twist? Both