25 things you never knew about Brandon Forrester, bartender at the Skylark Lounge

Categories: Booze

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."

See also: A bartender by any other name...is still a bartender.

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.

Location Info


Skylark Lounge

140 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Scott Adelmann
Scott Adelmann

if you did not give a fuck you wouldn't have left a comment lol

Kimberly Jackson
Kimberly Jackson

Three Cheers for Murrays Pomade!! That tells me right there what kind of man Mr. Forrester is.

WillieStortz topcommenter

The less I know about a bartender the better job he did.

Take my order, get my drink, then go away; and by all means never make direct eye contact with the customers.

Tommy Turtle Manchego Jr.
Tommy Turtle Manchego Jr.

I never knew a single thing about him before this. Like his name, or occupation, or even that he exists.



Put up a picture so we can all understand why no one would ever want to make direct eye contact with you. 

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