Who | Joe Casson
Where | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Current Bar | The Keefer Bar
Past Bar(s) | Bearfoot Bistro, Wolf in the Fog (Tofino), Bar Loïc (Montreal), Big In Japan Bar (Montreal)
Favourite Spirit | Scotch
Favourite Juice | Pineapple
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Gibson Martini
Favourite Part of the Job | I absolutely love it when a guest is trusting enough for me to just take the reigns on their bar/ dining experience. This can be anything from creating a one-off cocktail or getting someone to try a new glass of wine, all the way to pairing dishes & drinks together for guests to enjoy. I love an open minded guest, but equally love the challenge of nailing it for someone on the more cautious side of food & drink.
Favourite After Work Drink | A luke-warm Old Mill
Favourite at Home Drink | Wine
Favourite bar in the world | The Hideout (Bath, UK). Hip Hop on a record player, no more than 20 seats tucked away under a Victorian brick archway in an old part of the city of Bath. They’ve created the best invention in the universe – the Crabsmasher – go and drink as many as you’re allowed to. I stumbled upon this bar completely by accident as they were beginning a whisky and beer tasting. Call it luck. I then returned for a quick drink a year later and was half-remembered by the bartenders as well as a regular who was propping up the bar on my first visit. Great people, even better hosts.
Best known for | Selling fermented things
Favourite “at work” memory | Being force-fed Louis XIII by All-Canadian mega-legend, Chad Kroeger, for telling him off for getting into bar fights over empty Louis bottles.
What do you collect? Books, menus & boozahols
Favourite thing about your city? Close proximity to mountains and the ocean is an easy one. I love to ski and surf. For a country so big, I’m privileged to have both hobbies so close and readily available to me.
What was the last photo that you took? A screenshot of a Canada Top 100 Restaurant web page for Dreyfus in Toronto…my pal Tom went full chrome-dome for the photoshoot as a joke, and I conveniently was looking to refresh my phone wallpaper. Thanks Tom.
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? South America. I know, it’s huge. But I haven’t been anywhere south of Mexico and would love to go!!
Any claims to fame? I can mew like a tiny kitten.
Prosecco or Cava? Lambrusco!
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Peychaud’s
Singapore or San Francisco? San Fran
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Pineapple
Are you available for freelance gigs? No
Find them: Instagram
Media: Whistler Traveller Magazine Summer Cocktail Feature 2020
Whistler Traveller Magazine Summer Cocktail Feature 2019
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