Who | Vanna “V” Hem
Where | Richmond, VA, USA
Current Bar | Vagabond
Past Bar(s) | Balliceaux, Can Can Brasserie
Favourite Spirit | Whiskey (Gifted Horse)
Favourite Juice | Orange juice if I have to pick a juice.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Rye whiskey Manhattan
Favourite Part of the Job | Creating a cocktail of the day before shift meetings.
Favourite After Work Drink | Whiskey on the rocks or a shot of Fernet Branca
Favourite at Home Drink | A nice glass of Bordeaux
Favourite bar in the world | Dead Rabbit (New York)
Best known for | Making Manhattans and being the Panda behind the bar.
Best story from behind the wood | Every night when people ask me if I’m the Panda behind the bar. I’m very well known as that in RVA and people love to ask why I’m called that.
What do you collect? Comic books/memorabilia and cocktail books.
Favourite thing about your city? All the great restaurants and cocktails to be honest. Great local music scene a very close second.
What was the last photo that you took? Of my recent cocktail of the day.
Where was your last vacation? Charleston, SC to see my best friend and his wife.
Any claims to fame? Panda.
Belt or suspenders? Belt.
Fernet or Cynar? Cynar 70!!!!!
New Orleans or New York City? New Orleans
Glass or Tin? Tin all the way.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Sure why not?!?!