Bartender Buddha: Paul "Doc" Dockter of Oliver's Taverne in Essex

Paul "Doc" Dockter
Found at: Oliver's Taverne (Essex)

 

What does your dream bar look like?

Old, rustic, comfortable. A bar much like one from a pub in Ireland.

Why are Dark and Stormy's so popular at the shoreline?

You almost have to be within 20 miles from the ocean to know what a dark and stormy is. It originally started with the sailors in Bermuda who made Goslings Rum. This drink is very much associated with the beach and has grown to become one of the most popular ordered cocktails on the Connecticut shoreline.

The next big thing in cocktail is?

The hottest trend right now is the Skinny Girl drinks. It's a product that is marketed really well. If someone in Hollywood is seen drinking something, it sells. Skinny Girl makes people think they are going to lose weight just by drinking it.

Tell me about the history of the bar itself.

The bar upstairs came from a speakeasy in Illinois, called Kelly's. Al Capone and Bugsy Malone drank at this very bar. When you look at it, you will notice the cracks and the cigarette burns. It has a lot of character, even the shape and size is unique. If this bar could talk it probably wouldn't, it would just smile.

 

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