Behind the Bar

Five Questions for the Bartender: Jared Scarr of Vito’s

Take the candle out before you eat the cake, says the barman at First Hill’s absurdly atmospheric cocktail lounge.

July 27, 2011


Vito’s bartender Jared Scarr (this is his blog) got into mixing drinks by way of bussing. At 18, he started clearing tables at Anthony’s in Edmonds, moving up to bartending at the ripe of age of 21. He saved up his tips to travel the world—France, Italy, Thailand, South America—returning each summer to cash in during the strong season.

“I count myself very lucky that I stumbled upon this trade. It suits me,” says Scarr.

Here, five questions with the man behind the bar at Vito’s.

What is the most underrated spirit?

Rum. Rum has more variety within its category than any other spirit. You can find something for everyone.

What’s your favorite Seattle bar (other than Vito’s)?

Sun Liquor on Summit.

What drink do you order at that bar?

Depends on my mood but eventually a sazerac* makes it into my hands.

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

I was in a swank lounge in Seattle when one of my regulars spotted me and sauntered over to the table where I was sitting with my girlfriend. I should mention that we were on a date—an anniversary date, to be specific. This anniversary also landed on the anniversary of the opening of this particular restaurant, and they were giving out little treats with candles in them. My regular had obviously been enjoying his time at the bar because when the treats came, my girlfriend and I blew out the candles, but he stuffed the entire thing—candle and all—into his mouth. This was in front of a lounge full of people.

“Mmmmm……waxy” was all he could say.

Name three reasons you live in Seattle.

I grew up here and I have a wonderful network of family and friends that I would have a hard time leaving. Plus, I’m not afraid of the rain and am more productive when the sun isn’t out to distract me.

Find Jared Scarr behind the bar at Vito’s on Saturday nights and Tuesdays in the early evening.

*Click on the slideshow to see Scarr make a variation on the classic NOLA cocktail.

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