Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Brian Miller

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What do you like to drink after a shift? Rum & Ting.

What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? One by Johnny Cash.

What drink should be banished and why? One mans trash is another mans treasure. I would never stand in the way of someones vice.

Name the first good drink you ever drank and where you had it. The Frisco at Seattles Zig Zag Caf.

What book on cocktails, spirits or food is your go-to resource? Sippin Safari by Jeff Beachbum Berry.

Whats your favorite bottle of booze that costs less than $25? Worthy Park Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum.

Whats your favorite bottle of booze that costs more than $100? I dont have to spend that kind of money to get an amazing rum.

Whats your favorite cocktail and food pairing? An ice cold, cheap beer, and fresh passionfruit. Ideally, in the Caribbean on a beach and enjoyed at sunset.

What drink are you most proud of creating? The drink my guest is currently enjoying.

Whats your favorite shot-and-a-beer combination? Beer and rum, beer and aquavit or beer and absinthe.

What is the one tool that you always make sure to pack when youre traveling for business? My credit cardin case I forget to bring all my bar tools.

Brian Miller is the head bartender at New Yorks Polynesian bar located inside The Pod Hotel 42.

Interview has been condensed and edited.

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