Best Bartender - 2005
Ever just sit back and watch Adam Salazar work? We have, largely because we were propped up against the bar. This guy serves a good drink, no matter the cocktail. He knows alcohol and all the intricacies of running a bar. Remembers names and faces, too. No other bartender can claim his following, which includes people of various age groups and geographic locations. He can handle high-volume jobs but speaks with some authority on the important barroom topics, as well--sports, babes, etc. What's really interesting when you're clinging to the bar watching him work is the understated, easy and almost graceful way he arrays empty glasses, flicks bottles from the well and pours multiple drinks, all while scanning the room and laughing with customers. It bespeaks a man of experience, a professional.