Missy at Skarda's Bar
A good bartender is first and foremost a host, a person who makes the tavern your home-away-from-home. Too often in modern cocktail culture, the bartender gets so deeply engrossed in his craft that the hosting falls by the wayside. Not at Skarda's. At this workingman's neighborhood bar, Missy runs her party like a boss. And it's often an unpredictable party. On any given night she could be hosting a band of raucous twentysomething dudes, septuagenarian regulars from the neighborhood, and everyone in between. And she does it with the grace, charm, and poise of someone who really, really wants you in her house. This isn't the place to come searching for "craft" anything, but instead stiff pours of whatever you're drinking. Wine comes in house red and house white, served in a "jumbo fancy" glass for little more than you'll pay for a fancy water elsewhere.