This week, I paid a visit to The Flat, and no, not your European friend's apartment. I'm talking about the cozy hidden gem in Montrose. I grabbed a spot at the bar and was immediately greeted by the friendly barman, Christopher. We talked about music, some of the great veggie restaurants around town and the seven dwarfs. You know, all the basics you cover when you first meet someone.
Where are you from? I''m from Houston.
How long have you been bartending at The Flat? Since this past July. I was at Boheme before that, and I was there for about two-and-a-half years.
What other jobs have you had besides bartending? I've been a law clerk, a legal assistant, cashier, teacher....but my longest gig was at the law firm. I have a background in law -- my undergrad is in pre-law and criminal justice. After school I went into the Navy and when I got back, I went back to the law firm.
How would you describe the bar's aesthetic? It's very....chill. It's got a quiet, lounge atmosphere that's very relaxing. Sure, it gets packed, but some crowds are more rowdy, and some are more laid-back.
How would you describe the crowd? It varies. We get a very mixed crowd. We have a lot of good regulars that come in, but sometimes people walk in like, "What is this place?" One of my favorite lines is, "I drive by this place all the time and I never knew it was a bar."
Fill in the blank: To work at The Flat, you have to be able to ______. Make good drinks, be a solid professional behind the bar and work well with your patrons. I'm a people-person by nature so it's easy for me to socialize.
At the end of my shift, I pour a ______. Water. I'm not much of a drinker. Ironic, right? Bartender's not much of a drinker.
Do you have a specialty or a drink you pride yourself on? I make a great fresh mojito. I even have my own personal muddler. This woodworker- guy that used to come into Boheme made it for me.
What's your favorite item on the bar's food menu? I'm vegetarian so the menu is little limited for me, but I love the black bean nachos, the veggie empanadas and the pizzas are good; thin crust, very light.
You get three songs on your jukebox. What do you play? I love Jamiroquai so I'd play Radio. I'd put a little MJ on, something from Off the Wall...and something a little dancey....let's do Kavinsky- Nightcall. It's from the Drive soundtrack. I love that freaking movie.
Wildcard: Which of the seven dwarfs is most like you? What are all the dwarfs....ummm... I'll be Happy. I'm happy...but I don't wanna be too damn happy. What do we have....Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey....Doc! I'll be Doc. Doc knows how to get shit done. I don't know...maybe I need to Google him...see what his characteristics are. I'd say I'm a mix between Happy and Doc. I get shit done and I'm happy when I do it.
The Flat, located at 1701 Commonwealth in Montrose (you've driven past it) is open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. On Mondays, DJ Sun spins and frozen mojitos are $4 so swing by, say hi to Christopher and grab a refreshing drink. It's only March 2 and it's hot out.
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