Tom has been mixing drinks since 1984 and has seen a thing or two in his day. We caught up with him over happy hour at W.A. Frost to get his take on things.
Current bar and tell us a little about it:
This place combines the best of the old world and new world and has a beautiful patio. I still walk in and say to myself, “What a pretty place.”
How long have you bartended there?
I started here in 1984.
I’ve tapped, poured or mixed more ______ than anything else.
Wine – When I started here we had three kinds of wine- red, white and pink.
I hate mixing_____________
Caipirinha (Editor’s note: Google it unless you’re Brazilian, then you know)
When I’m not working at the bar, I’m_________
Playing guitar, walking the dogs, working in the garden
Celebrity sightings in your bar?
Garrison Keillor, Cheryl Tiegs, August Wilson
Best tip you ever received?
$100 on a $500 bottle of wine
Best holiday to work?
None of them
The bar is packed, you’re crazy busy but a patron needs a beverage—how does s/he get your attention?
Something even my regulars don’t know about me.
I have two cats.
Favorite item on the menu:
Your drink of choice:
Mojito – a great drink when it’s done right.
A bar I enjoy that’s not named W.A. Frost:
Aster Café in Minneapolis.