This weekend a friend and I headed up to Vintages @ 611, a sweet new restaurant and bar on Spokane's South Hill. Originally unimpressed by the exterior, we were greeted by high, exposed industrial ceilings, comfy colors, a very chill and relaxed atmosphere, and Dan the bartender once inside.
I'm just going to throw this out there . . . Dan is one of the BEST bartenders in Spokane. Mix Tom Cruise in Cocktail with Woody Harrelson from Cheers, stir in a sweet pony tail and you've got Dan. Talking straight bar skills . . . dude knows his stuff! From his knowledge of liquor and mixing to his presentation skills and flair, Dan can impress even the most pessimistic drink aficionado. I wouldn't consider myself pessimistic, or even a drink aficionado, but on this night I was definitely indecisive. I didn't know what I wanted to drink. Dan asked me two questions before creating a drink for me. Just two questions! Who knew two simple answers could lead to something so delicious?!
When you've got a great bartender time flies, which is precisely why I don't know how long we were at Vintages. However, I know that while sitting at the bar I wasn't just having a good time, I was entertained. I got to play with fire and liquor at the same time! I learned the what, why and how of every drink I drank. And, most importantly, I learned a few tricks of the trade. But don't think I'm going to divulge that insider information to you!
So, the next time you're feeling like a good drink, good conversation or maybe even learning something new, make your way to Vintages @ 611 and ask for Dan.
Speaking of service . . . Where else in Spokane can I go to get the best wait and/or bar staff?
Vintages @ 611
611 E 30th Ave