If part of what makes a great bartender is flash and charisma, Don Bogie won't be anyone's jar of olives. A normal-looking middle-aged gentleman who's

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Best Bartender

Don Bogie

If part of what makes a great bartender is flash and charisma, Don Bogie won't be anyone's jar of olives. A normal-looking middle-aged gentleman who's manned the guns in the Maharaja's rear lounge, one of the Junction's great hidden gems, for a decade or so, Bogie (he introduces himself by his surname) doesn't aspire to be the center of attention. Instead, he quietly glides about the room with remarkable efficiency. At times the Maha's bar can be absolutely packed, its 30-something crowd drinking like Jackie Gleason, and Bogie the only employee still on the clock. For most bartenders—even veterans—this could be an Armageddon scenario. But with Bogie, no matter how off-the-rails the crowd appears, you'll feel as though yours is the only table in the house. I'll take that over bottle-flipping Cocktail antics any night of the week.—Mike Seely

 
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