Who | Williston Irvine
Where | Halifax, Canada
Current Bar | Bar Kismet (Bar Manager), Hali.Team Bar & Event Consulting (Co-Founder)
Past Bar(s) | Agricola Street Brasserie
Favourite Spirit | Bourbon
Favourite Juice | Grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Wet Gin Martini with a twist
Favourite Part of the Job | Meeting people and hearing their stories. Making them cocktails that they’ve never experienced before.
Favourite After Work Drink | Beer and bourbon
Favourite at Home Drink | Mezcal or Bourbon
Favourite bar in the world | Candelaria (Paris)
Best known for | Cynar…I’m obsessed.
Best story from behind the wood | The first time I had to cut someone off and kick him out, he was quite drunk and stumbling, harassing other guests. He asked me for another drink and I told him that I wasn’t comfortable serving him and that I was going to have to ask him to leave, he looked at me dead in the face and said “Fair enough!” and left. I don’t know if that’s the best, but it’s the first that came to my head!
What do you collect? Bourbon, Beer, Books, Records
Favourite thing about your city? The hospitality industry in Halifax is insane. The support that we all share is what drives us and is the reason why we’re a food and drink destination. And that we’re on the water!
What was the last photo that you took? A photo of me in a Bacardi Christmas style sweater that was sent to me from Puerto Rico.
Where was your last vacation? Paris
Any claims to fame? Bacardi Legacy National Finalist 2018/Diageo World Class National Finalist 2018/Diageo World Class National Finalist 2019/Imbibe 75 2018/Imbibe ‘On The Edge; Halifax Finally Gets A Seat At The Bar’ 2019
Red or White? White
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Tin
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes
Find him: Instagram | Hali.Team Instagram
Media: IMBIBE – LOW-ABV COCKTAIL: FLOPPY DISK
DAILY HIVE – Canadian bartenders share their best cocktail recipes for New Year’s Eve