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Published on January 25th, 2016 | by TLV News


“Know Your Bartender” with Will Griffith, Local Voice’s 2016 Favorites Award Winner


Will Griffith

Home town:

Cleveland Ms born and braised


Photographs by Caleb Fisher-Wirth.

Bars where you have worked:

Tin Roof in the Delta and The Wild Iris in Nashville

In your experience, what is the most common reason to have a drink?


What’s your favorite ingredient or flavor combination?

Gin and Lime

What is your most essential bar tool?

Ice Shovel

Where’s your favorite spot to sip in Oxford / your hometown?

I actually love having beer at Larry’s, when I am off work of course.

How are bar customers in Oxford different from the average ones elsewhere?

Well I certainly don’t have to break up any fights in Oxford.

What are your personal specialties?

I hear the margaritas are good.

What do you wish people would order more often? Less often?

More water less soft drinks

Early alcohol experience:

Pint of Jim Beam, the top of the levee and the bottom of the levee

How did you enjoy your break? What are you doing to get ready for the new semester?

Shane, Joe, Bruce and myself went to New Orleans for 3 days. And I’m doing yoga.

What drinking trends did you notice in 2015? What drinks gained in popularity, and which ones are losing their edge?

Less Tonic more Club was the main trend. Old Fashions gained popularity, while Fruity Drinks lost.

Most famous customer you’ve ever served, and what they ordered:

Carrie Underwood. She ordered Pinot Noir.

Who would you most like to have a drink with; where and what would you imbibe?

I would have had some beer in Mexico with Kerouac and Cassady.

Who is your favorite bartender of all time, either real or imaginary?

Lloyd from the Overlook Hotel.

What would you do if they restored Prohibition tomorrow?

Outlaws get by.

What have you been listening to this year?

Waylon Jennings , Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar , Phosphorescent

Favorite movie of all time:

Apocalypse Now

Favorite sport & team:

The Ole Miss Rebels

Who’s your favorite Rebel, and do you really ever go 18 MPH?

Deuce Mcallister. And no comment.

Read any good books lately?

Faithful and Virtuous Night Louise Gluck

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen in your bar lately?

A lady told me the other night that she had been drinking till 2am in Larry’s for years and years. Then she shorted me a dollar.

Where would you be if you weren’t behind a bar?

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