Our staff is as diverse and unique as they come, and their music preferences are no different. In A Drink and a Playlist, we explore a more intimate side of our team – what they’re currently listening to and their drink of choice when unwinding after service. To kick off this series and the coming the weekend, we asked our very own whisky and hip hop enthusiast, Dason Ying, for his top music picks and go to libation.


Dason, the Training Manager at Yardbird, is known for having a sizeable collection of Japanese whisky. He’s also notorious for breaking out into dance in the middle of set up and during closing. Dason’s playlist reflects his energetic, sometimes frenetic, nature with the perfect amount of R&B classics from LL Cool J and R. Kelly and new bangers from Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. Like his favorite drink, the Kaku Highball, this selection of songs is easy to listen to, uplifting, and perfect for the summer.

“The Kakuhi is easily my favorite highball. I love whisky but sometimes it can be too serious for dinner or for a night out. I prefer highballs in those situations because they’re refreshing, light, and too much fun to drink. It serves the purpose of a beer without all the hops. Plus, if you spill it on yourself, you smell like delicious whisky!”

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