There’s something about a bar being tucked away that makes it all the more fun. Hooch lets one feel like you may be approaching a speakeasy from days of old as you walk down Hopkins, take a turn into a courtyard to be welcomed by an open door and inviting music. When you make the trip downstairs to this cozy hideaway of a watering hole, there’s a big chance that you will be greeted by our BOTW Pat Flanigan, he is the resident bar manager who still takes the time to sling some beverages and mingle with the patrons. Hooch is a perfect fit here in Aspen and has been for some time now. It’s a spot that is just as happening as any other, but it brings an air of sophistication and comfort that is hard to find elsewhere. There is no other joint in town where you can enjoy a craft cocktail while you get to kick back on a leather couch, but if that’s not what you’re into you can also grab a beer and a shot then dance the night away to some tunes that will get your blood flowing. Hooch runs daily happy hour specials, has happy hour all day Sunday, and everybody has to come check out West Coast Wednesdays where hip hop and drinks will be flowing all night. If all these awesome reasons aren’t enough to get you down stairs to Hooch than maybe Pat might be the selling point, the guy has his cocktail game on lock and if you have the pleasure of chatting with him there is no doubt you will be back again. So let’s get to know our friend Mr. Flanigan a little better, maybe there’s a question we missed that you will be dying to ask him.
MA: Astrological Sign?
PF: Wilmington, Delaware.
MA: Summer time hobby?
PF: Hiking and Disc Golf
MA:Dream destination that you would like to travel to?
MA: Celebrity Crush?
PF: Wonder Woman
MA: One thing you would take on a deserted island with you?
PF: A bottle of Chartreuse.
MA: What would you have for your last meal?
PF: Fried Chicken.
MA: Top of your bucket list?
PF: Live in Japan.
MA: One word description of yourself?
MA: What’s your favorite thing about Hooch?
PF: It’s comfy and it’s a great place to be whether you are ordering a craft cocktail or a Vodka soda.
MA: One current live act that you would like to see?
PF: Gary Clark JR
MA: Spirit Animal?
MA: Pet Peeve while bartending?
PF: Eating my Fruit.
MA: Your drink of choice?
PF: Japanese whiskey on the rocks, preferably Yamazaki.
MA: Memorable Moment while bartending?
PF: Playing with Tina Turners hair.
MA: That is awesome.
MA: What’s your favorite sports team to cheer for?
PF: The Philadelphia Eagles
Now it’s time to make your way over to Hooch and blow off some steam at this get away located right in the center of town. If you’re lucky Pat might tell you the story of the night he got to play with Tina Turners hair. We have to say that tops the Memorable Moments list so far, well done Mr. Flanigan