Get to Know a Bartender: Brittany Montgomery of Yours Truly
Meet Brittany. For her, home is where the bar's at having poured, mixed and drankin' her way through three time zones: Vancouver (East Van, born and raised), Mendoza and Toronto. Her travels have lead to various bartending gigs that run the gamut. She's womanned beer barrels at Granville Street Staples, forced flare at corporate restaurants and lived the life on a South American vineyard. Since moving to Toronto two years ago, Brittany has brought her expertise all over town from the Entertainment District to Leslieville but has recently settled in at Yours Truly.
She takes pride in her product, which reflects her belief that quality and camaraderie can be served in the same glass — likely a champagne coupe (if you see any for sale, let her know). Customers come in all temperaments, so Brit knows when to handle her p's and q's and when to throw in some blue humour. She emphatically invites you to come down and hear some for yourself — over a drink of course.
How long have you been a bartender?
Seven years, three time zones: Vancouver, Mendoza, Toronto.
Name three reasons why you live in Toronto.
Medieval Times (for the food), Red Lobster (for the company) and Family (for the show).
Favorite customer and why?
M. M. I sell him bold reds; he sells me on law school.
What's your favorite cocktail (to make or to drink)?
For both: Arnaud's Special Cocktail: two parts scotch, one part Dubonnet and dash orange bitters.
What's your favorite bar or hideout?
The chef's bar at Campagnolo. I like watching them make the food and I'm close enough to ask them what I should order.
What cocktail do you hate making the most?
Taylor's Virgin Cuba Libre. For the non-bartenders among us, I'll elaborate. A Cuba Libre is rum and coke with lime. A Virgin Cuba Libre is just the coke and the lime. A "Taylor" is an exacting bartender/patron with elaborate facial hair.
What's the worst thing you've seen or heard in a bar?
A puddle (you know the kind). Initially that's all I saw, but the details were cleared up later when we watched the security footage. A girl had dropped trow and squatted in front of the bar — shockingly early too (maybe 7 p.m. on a Saturday night). She came back the next Saturday but we banned her for two weeks.
How do you deal with a rowdy drunk?
Ban them for two weeks. Crack open a fresh bag of kitty litter (see above).
On your days off, we can find you (doing/at) _____.
We close on Tuesdays, also known as half-off day at the movies. I watch two in a row (usually horror or children's animated — some combination of the two would be ideal), previews and all. The theatre by my house has a comfortable couch and they serve Earl Grey.
What's your favorite word for drunk?
Toasty. Like the feeling that you have when you're sipping your bottle of spiked Jolt Cola in the park in the winter, Vancouver winter.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
Straight Up or On the Rocks? Up.
Gin or Vodka? Gin.
Light or Dark? Dark.
Sweet or Dry? Sweet.
With a twist or olives? Burnt.
Lemon or Lime? Lemon.
Tonic or Soda? Soda.
Beards or Moustaches? Can we make out?
Photos by Christian Bobak