Matt Fairbanks

Matt Fairbanks | Bartender Atlas

Who | Matt Fairbanks
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Drake Commissary
Past Bar(s) | Drake Hotel
Favourite Spirit | Rye
Favourite Juice | Lemon
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Vieux Carre
Favourite Part of the Job | Making someone feel like they’ve got a private shrink in their own living room who makes them drinks while telling them horrible dad jokes.
Favourite After Work Drink | Beaujolais
Favourite at Home Drink | Beaujolais
Favourite bar in the world | Sazerac Lounge at The Roosevelt (New Orleans)
Best known for | A grin like the cat who ate the canary.
Best story from behind the wood | Making virgin piña coladas for 30 nine-year olds in Costa Rica.

What do you collect? Shot glasses and bar blades from my travels. Easier to get through customs than liquor.
Favourite thing about your city? The bohemian diversity of Kensington; the authenticity of ChinaTown; the transience of the Junction; the familial nature of Roncy; and the chill vibes of Dundas. My favourite thing about Toronto is the collection of neighbourhoods that comprise the city
What was the last photo that you took? A fifty foot tall mural of a child praying painted on the side of an abandoned factory in New Orleans.
Where was your last vacation? New Orleans

Red or White? Red.
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau. COGs, yo.
London or Paris? London
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? If the price is right.