William Burdette

William Burdette | Bartender Atlas

Who | William Burdette
Where | Houston, Texas, USA
Current Bar | Wooster’s Garden
Past Bar(s) | Boheme (Houston), The Barrel (Broussard, LA), The Grouse Room (Lafayette, LA), The Tap Room (Lafayette, LA), Jolie’s Bistro [(Lafayette, LA) closed]
Favourite Spirit | Whisk(e)y in Fall/Winter, Gin in Spring/Summer
Favourite Juice | Grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Boulevardier/Negroni
Favourite Part of the Job | The look on a guest’s face when they are delighted by a novel experience.
Favourite After Work Drink | Boiler Maker
Favourite at Home Drink | Beer
Favourite bar in the world | Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar (Houston, TX)
Best known for | Showing people the merits of a spirit they claim to dislike.
Best story from behind the wood | Owner of a bar I worked at always had a coffee mug in his hand. Figured he just really liked coffee until about three months of working there, when he’s having a conversation with a buddy of mine that started coming when I began working there. Buddy: Man, Charlie, I never see you without that mug in your hand. Your heart’s gonna pop with all that coffee you drink.
Owner: Coffee? Never touch the stuff!
*Turns around, puts mug under tap, pulls tap handle*

What do you collect? Books
Favourite thing about your city? Diversity
What was the last photo that you took? It was of a bottle of High West’s Midwinter Nights Dram, to show a friend that’s getting into whiskey what he should try next.
Where was your last vacation? Portland, Oregon
Any claims to fame? No competitions yet, but I’m just getting started.

Red or White? Red
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? Once I settle into my new job, maybe.