Yardbird’s best kept secret is that the bar seats are the best seats. Not only because of their proximity to the alcohol, but also to the guys preparing the drinks. If you’ve tried the cocktails at Yardbird, chances are they were made by Tyler. Tyler’s affinity for old and new school hip-hop combined with his classic New Jersey humor and penchant for keeping it real has made him part of the YB fam since the day he started. Under pressure, he can easily churn out multiple Whisky lemonades all while making sure that guests are happily inebriated. Learn more about Tyler below and the next time you’re at Yardbird, make sure to order his new cocktail, the Okinawa Express.

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Start date/restaurant:

September 2014.

Position:

Bartender.

Where are you from?

New Jersey.

How long have you lived in Hong Kong?

On and off for 14 years.

What’s your favorite thing to eat at Yardbird?

Eggplant Salad.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Penne Vodka.

What’s your perfect pizza?

Burrata + tomato sauce.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savory tooth?

Mix of both.

Whisky, Sake, or beer?

Sake.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

A dog wearing socks.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Jessica Alba.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Above The Clouds by Gang starr.

What’s your pet-peeve?

Making virgin cocktails.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

My parents.

Shark diving, bungee jumping, or skydiving?

Skydiving.

Which would be harder for you to give up: coffee or alcohol?

Alcohol.

What is your favorite after work drink?

Tequila.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon when you don’t have to work?

Literally Netflix and chill.

What question do you hate to answer?

Are you on Facebook?

Want to know more about our staff? Read about RONIN’s bartender and sommelier, Gail, here.

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