25 things you never knew about Brandon Forrester, bartender at the Skylark Lounge
As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktails."
Some time ago, a Facebook friend posted 25 things about himself that most people weren't aware of -- and then he tagged me in the post, at which point I was supposed to do the same: rattle off 25 little-known facts about myself and ask someone else to follow suit. Instead, I'm asking Denver's bartenders to get up and close with Westword readers and share 25 lesser known tidbits about themselves -- and then name the next bartender that I should interview.
The Skylark Lounge is a Denver landmark, originally opening in 1943 and surviving a location change, which is a difficult task indeed. But it's survived because it's a bar that excels in the basics: take care of your people, and show them a good time. Bartender Brandon Forrester, who simply goes by "Forrester," is the standard-bearer of this simple philosophy. He confidently mans his bar without ego or pretense, keeping his customers happy, entertained and safe. He's served me more than a few drinks over the past few years, both at Skylark and at My Brother's Bar, and in my opinion, he's one of the best bartenders in the business.
In this week's installment of "25 that you never knew," Forrester embraces his true hillbilly roots, admits that carnivals are creepy, and even issues an apology to his ex-girlfriends.