I met up with Sandy on her day off to talk about movies, public nudity and New York City.
It's just one of those rare taverns that attract just the right type of eccentric to keep you immersed in great conversation all night long. They're reliable regulars, and there's a very good chance they'll be perched at one of the stools when you make your visit. And if they're not — well, you still have Jordan to entertain you. He's been pulling pints behind the bar for close to three years, and doing his fair share of sampling as well. Which at the Cloak is necessary professional development. Someone needs to walk you through their 20+ tap selection of mostly Ontario micro brews.
I caught up with Jordan before one of his recent shifts to talk about the bar business, romantic comedies and how to move an immovable object.
He spent the better part of his early career in the kitchen, working his way up to Chef at Legends Tap & Grill in Guelph, Ontario. From there he moved on to management positions in the corporate world at places like Milestones, but when that left a bit of a bad taste in his mouth, he took a job running Fynn's of Temple Bar on King West.
He'd never intended on pulling pints himself, but Sunday evenings were a bit of a drag for a while, and it seemed wasteful to have a dedicated bartender, so Wynne took to the wood and discovered he was a bit of a natural. In just two years he taught himself the ropes and went from complete novice to an in demand cocktail consultant, building menus for Fynn's and beyond.
In fact, it was only after a bit of nudging from him that Fury actually took the job.
In the 26 years since, Fury has become one of the most recognizable and well known bartenders in the city. He never did end up selling real estate, but he did get back behind the drum kit where he's been playing with The Royal Crowns for over 20 years.
Needless to say, you don't spend a quarter century at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern without walking away with a few stories. Here are just a few of the ones we covered during an interview last week.
Eventually he made his way into the competitive circuit, testing his creative mixing prowess against his peers — a process at which he's fared quite well. His next appearance will be at the Made With Love competition in the Distillery District at the end of the month.