Behind the bar

Five Questions for the Bartender: Mark Sexauer

The man behind the bar at Barrio Bellevue likes Mezcal, hoppy beer, and Sun Liquor.

August 12, 2010

Mark Sexauer: blogger, bartender, parent.

No, Mark Sexaueur’s favorite cocktail is not a Sexauer On the Beach. So don’t even try it, because there’s no way he hasn’t heard that joke before.

In between blogging about cocktails and parenting that adorable little person in this photo, Sexauer serves up stellar cocktails at Barrio Bellevue. He can also teach you a thing or two about tequila.

Here, five questions with Mark Sexauer.

What is the most underrated spirit?

It’s easily Mezcal. Mezcal is stereotyped as being of low quality, and bad marketing (like the “worm” in the bottom of the bottle—it’s not actually a worm, it’s a moth larva) has only polished its reputation as a spirit that your buddies dare you to order in shot form.

From heavily smoky barrel-aged Mezcals to unaged light, vegetal mezcals, it is one of my favorite spirits to mix with. Mezcal is quickly gaining interest on both sides of the bar; watch as many more arrive on the market in the coming years.

What is your favorite Seattle bar?

This is really, really hard, but I think my favorite bar—and the one that is closest to a bar I would want to own—is Sun Liquor on Capitol Hill.

What drink do you order at the bar?

I usually order a nice hoppy beer and/or tequila to sip.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen in a bar?

I’ve seen lots of stupid things, but the worst may have been when some guy passed out ON TOP OF the fence surrounding the smoking section of this bar where I worked. He was trying to climb it, I guess? We had a hard time pulling him down and eventually he woke up. It looked pretty painful….How do you fall asleep over a fence?

Name three reasons you live in Seattle.

People eat well and drink well here, and there are a ton of places in which to do both.

I’m all about driving west and seeing the Sound and then eventually the ocean, or driving east and hitting the Cascades.

The neighborhoods. I love the different offerings and vibes from all the little (and big) neighborhoods around the city.

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