five questions with tristan willey of booker and dax

In the Super Bowl of dining this dude is the bartender…

by Christian Lavery

At Nylon Guys, we’re big fans of French restaurant guide Le Fooding, so whenever they host an event in the U.S. we’re first in line to check it out. (After all, guys like Aziz Ansari and James Murphy have been known to come out for them, too.) Next week, Le Fooding is hosting Time Mach’Inn, a two-night event (September 27th and 28th) at Res, a new spot from the Frankies team in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The theme of the night is “cult hipster culinary trends” and while the Franks, Peter Gordon, and Yves Camdeborde hold down the food, one of our favorite bartenders in New York, Tristan Willey of Booker and Dax, will mixing up Jameson whiskey cocktails to keep all parties hydrated. Tristan’s probably going to have his hands full at the dinner, so we caught up with him before the event to find out his answers to our Five Questions.

What was the last movie you saw in the theater?Pacific Rim and The Wolverine double feature. Pacific Rim nailed it. Not often can a movie take itself seriously and still be so light-heartedly fun. After The Wolverine, I went home and started to learn Japanese…seriously.

What was the first car you owned?1998 Volkswagen Jetta. It was an awesome little red 5-Speed we used to cruise around in listening to Franz Ferdinand and Warren G.

What was the first record you bought?First-ever in my collection: MC Hammer, U Can’t Touch This.

What was the first live show you went to?Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.

What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall in High School?Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Posters. They were really beautiful posters looking back on it, and also a very New Mexican thing. I’m not sure I quite got the concept of limited-edition custom framing as a 7-year-old though. More than one went down during indoor soccer matches or sneak attacks on my little sister.