A lil #TBT sit down 💁
🌱 #Repost @popshoplive ・・・ .
🤓 Brian Klemm from @shibumidtla Downtown Los Angeles has a cool story with making cocktails. Read a bit more, comment to send love!
. • What got you into cocktails?
I have always been a creative person… I have always enjoyed people and good company… I was bartending for some time with no real drive to pursue cocktails the way I have now… It wasn’t until I met a gentleman who I was working with at the time, who was pretty much like… “yo, you should do THIS…” …and I was like “what is ‘THIS?” The more and more I delved into the cocktail world and hospitality and all the different avenues you can create for yourself and others… the more I became consciously and viscerally obsessed.. I couldn’t stop.
. • What’s your favorite bar in town?
My favorite bar in town has probably got to be @ElDoradodtla. The guys in there are just down to earth. They always make you feel welcome and at home no matter who you are.. I watch them make time for every single person that steps up to that bar, no matter how busy they get. THAT is what bartending is all about; Hospitality and the individual experience.
. • What inspired you to start this Instagram?
Well, this is my personal Instagram. The shift and focus on cocktails only happened after I started receiving DM’s and emails with questions. I didn’t know anyone was watching or really cared. Although that number may be a small few, I wanted to shift my focus and help out whomever I could. I may not have all the answers, or even the right ones.. but I have some. Most importantly, I have a POV and some insight. I think people who are new to this industry can feel easily intimidated, when they shouldn’t. It’s all fair game and up for your own creative interpretation. It should be fun! Not frightening and bewildering! Always know your classics first. Know what it means to build a cocktail, and don’t be afraid to offer up a discussion. I think in this industry… that is major.
. • What are your favorite mixologist’s IG pages?