Brooklyn Magazine

Bartender Spotlight: Daniel Robinson

Jameson takes us behind the scenes to present 12 of Brooklyn’s finest bartenders – the heroes who make it all happen. Learn about the hidden talents and signature drinks, tips beyond tipping, and even hear some of their best bar stories. This week’s bartender: Daniel Robinson.

What tip would you give a new bartender that you wish you had known?
Grow some thick skin as quickly as you can, you’ll need it.

What’s your favorite song on your bar’s playlist?
There’s always a bit of country involved, but I like things a little faster so “Overdose Affair” by Mad Sin gets things going.

What’s your signature Jameson cocktail?
Definitely an Irish version of a Kentucky Mule.

What’s your second passion outside of bartending?
Soccer. I love Liverpool FC. They’re tattooed on my arm, and I’ll be there for a couple weeks this fall.

Describe your bar in one word.

Have you ever been starstruck by a customer?
Stephen King ordered a few seltzers in my completely empty bar, years ago. Just him and I in the place and I couldn’t even muster a conversation.

What has bartending taught you about life outside the bar?
Appreciate the people you work with. Not a day goes by that I don’t hang out with my coworkers outside of work. It really is family.

Check out more of Williamsburg’s coolest bartenders in the Bartender Spotlight, or find your own favorite mixologist at some of Williamsburg’s best bars: Alligator Lounge, Kent Ale House, Knitting Factory, Lucky Dog, Pete’s Candy Store, The Charleston, The Gibson, The Gutter, Skinny Dennis, Union Pool, Whiskey Brooklyn, Zablozki’s, Rough Trade, National Sawdust, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Barcade, Brooklyn Bowl, Baby’s All Right, and The Craic. Please enjoy responsibly.