Working the bar at the ViewHouse, one of Downtown Denver’s most popular destinations no matter the time of day, takes serious skill, endurance, and personality. And Dane Hatch, their lead bartender, makes it look like a walk in the park, so we sat down with him to find out how he does it without breaking a sweat.
What first attracted you to bartending?
I had a roommate in Telluride who was a bartender and he always seemed to have too much fun! I love meeting new people so it was a perfect fit.
Where did you get your start?
A bar called Tracks Cafe & Bar in Telluride.
Did you ever go to bartending school?
I never went. It wasn’t required. I feel like bartending is a skill that just takes time behind the bar.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always keep your head up and on a swivel. Always know what your next move is going to be.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
There is always going to be someone that’s better than you at certain tasks. I’ve tried to learn from everyone I’ve ever worked with.
Do you have any tricks you use to connect to customers or maximize your efficiency behind the bar?
Every guest is different, so I try to read the type of person they are and their mood when they sit down.
Do you have a signature cocktail?
Definitely! It’s the ViewHouse Lemonade.
1 ¼ oz Sky Raspberry
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Serve over ice in a pint glass, then top it off with a splash of Sierra Mist.
When you go to a new bar or restaurant, do you ever look around for anything that lets you know they have their sh*t together?
Of course. It’s just habit at this point.
Last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the job?
I’m the first person you see when you come into ViewHouse. I almost feel like the face of ViewHouse. I like meeting every person that walks through the door!
Thanks Dane and everyone at the ViewHouse for this awesome interview!