Title: Bartender at South of Beale.
How did you get into bartending? I started working at Gordon Biersch around 2002 and just started as a busboy and worked my way up. And just decided I wanted to bartend.
What makes a good bartender? A creative professional. Somebody who can maintain a professional appearance while having fun, while being able to entertain people sitting at the bar and serving them good drinks. ... Trying to be more creative or twisting things. Like making a Jack (Daniels) and Coke and making it clear somehow. I think mixology is very interesting.
What’s the best part of being a bartender? Interacting with people. That’s No. 1, to me, the best thing. Just being able to meet new and different people every day in all walks of life.
What’s popular at your bar right now? People, I think, are becoming more experimental. ... Like we have a bacon-infused bourbon in here now. It’s super good, super smoky. It’s touching your nose first before you taste it. People were a bit hesitant at first to try that eight years ago, but now people are looking for that new and interesting thing.
What’s your favorite drink (mixed drink, wine or beer?): Lately, I’ve been jumping on the St. Germain bandwagon. I like a Hangar One Mandarin (Blossom vodka) and soda with a splash of St. Germain. I think I could sit anywhere and drink that.
Have you ever waited on a celebrity? Here, multiple Grizzlies. Marc Gasol has been in here multiple times. He’s awesome. A great person. Peyton Manning has been in another place I worked. Pau Gasol, of course. Joaquin Phoenix. He was super quiet.
What are some of your other interests? I’m a recording engineer at Archer Records. ... I guess my end game is to be a sound engineer.
South of Beale is at 361 S. Main; 901-526-0388.