25 things you never knew about Michael Reilly, bartender at the Matchbox
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.
Come March, the Matchbox, which I think is RiNo's best bar, will celebrate its third anniversary. On any given night, you'll find an eclectic crew of local musicians, bike messengers, hipsters and bar flies ordering drinks from bartender Michael Reilly, who works the crowd with ease. And in this edition of "25 Things," Reilly reveals that he has a naked picture of himself hanging in his home, warns you to leave him alone during the day and shares his dream of being a water park critic.