Who | Reuben Virasami
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Maple Leaf Tavern, Miss Thing’s
Past Bar(s) | Chuuk Citrus & Smoke, Soma Art Lounge (Ho Chi Minh City), Bann Bar & Cuisine (Ho Chi Minh City), Chin Chin Bar (Ho Chi Minh City), Cock’s & Cows Ravnsborggade (Copenhagen)
Favourite Spirit | Rum…if pickings are slim, then mezcal
Favourite Juice | Sugar cane juice…after it’s been fermented and distilled
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Hemingway Daiquiri
Favourite Part of the Job | Learning more and sharing my passion with customers
Favourite After Work Drink | Three glasses of water….I’m probably dehydrated
Favourite at Home Drink | A high proof, funky rum no water
Favourite bar in the world | Jungle Bird (Kuala Lumpur)
Best known for | Taking myself too seriously and constantly bringing up rum in conversation
Favourite “at work” memory | Actually, technically before work. At the interview for my last job In Canada, I sat down and was so excited, because for the first time I met an owner with as much passion as I had, and it was the start of the best job I’ve had in my life (so far).
What do you collect? Rum, but also other odd spirits and liqueurs. I also have a ridiculous amount of Warhammer 40k models.
Favourite thing about your city? How multicultural and diverse we are. As a bartender, there is a wealth of information to draw from; I also love to try different food, which we’ve got in spades.
What was the last photo that you took? A rum flight
Where was last place you traveled? Minneapolis
Any claims to fame? Not yet, working on it.
Lager or IPA? Lager, I appreciate all sorts of beer, but when I want a beer, I want something easygoing
Sparkling or Flat? Flat
Miami or Mexico City? Mexico City (best way to scratch that mezcal itch)
Olive or Twist? Twist
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes, especially because I’m both broke and have expensive tastes
Find him: Instagra