By Glenn Alderson
HOW DID YOU START BARTENDING?
I fell into as most do. I had just moved back to Kelowna from Vancouver to start college. I was freshly 19 and hadn’t spent much time in any bars and wasn’t really interested in it. I had a friend who was working at a nightclub as a bar back and they needed more people. He knew I needed a job and kept bugging me to join him. I eventually did and really enjoyed it. I kept working in nightclubs and a lounge called Avenue for four years while I finished college. After graduating I moved to Vancouver and started working for the Donnelly Group.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE CLOUGH CLUB?
I’ve been full time at Clough Club for about three months now. I’ve done a couple guest shifts and events over the last couple years.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love hosting people and being creative. This industry is really unique where you get to host a party every night and get the joy of making your guest night, every night. This could be with a great drink, good conversation or just the vibe we create in our venue. I went to school for 3D animation so I’ve always enjoyed being creative. There are so many unique flavours and techniques it really is never ending what you can do behind the bar. Also this job allows me to travel around the world. Almost every 2 months at least I’m off somewhere for an event, competition or convention.
FAVOURITE DRINK TO MAKE?
My favourite drink to make would be whatever my guest is in the mood for. It’s always a conversation and then I go from there. I don’t go to work to make drinks for myself. If it’s a beer and a shot or a unique cocktail it really doesn’t matter to me. It’s more about being hospitable and creating experiences, which can vary guest to guest. That said, we do have some really interesting cocktails on our menu such as the “it’s not you it’s me,” which is like a gin, cucumber, mint smoothie using a blender to cheat dilution and garnished with lemon zest, mint and rose flower water.
GO-TO ON A NIGHT OFF?
On a night off I’m usually at Keefer Bar. Great team, atmosphere and usually have something exciting and new in the way of cocktails.
My go-to drink is usually a pint of Guinness or a light beer depending where I am. I also like seeing what other bartenders are excited about so I do drink a lot of dealer’s choice cocktails.
TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST NIGHT YOU’VE EVER HAD AT WORK.
The best nights are any nights you have a good room of friends, family and great guests drinking and having a good time.
The worst nights are the ones where you are not prepared and things get chaotic instead of smooth, the way they should be.
Clough Club is located at 212 Abbott St.bottoms up