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First Call is a weekly Voracious feature in which we walk into a bar and ask the bartender to make us his or her favorite

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First Call: Whiskey Will Cure You at 611 Supreme

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First Call is a weekly Voracious feature in which we walk into a bar and ask the bartender to make us his or her favorite drink.

Locale: 611 Supreme, 611 E. Pine St., CAPITOL HILL

Barkeep: Justin Clark

I'm not going to lie to you, Justin. I'm sick as a dog right now. That being said, I ask that you be gentle when making me your favorite drink.

Let's do an Evan Williams hot toddy. It's my favorite drink for when I'm feeling under the weather.

Alright, what's in it?

Whiskey, honey, cloves, some lemon peel, and a cinnamon stick. It clears you up, it's soothing. The whiskey numbs your throat.

You know, I'm not a whiskey fan. But this really does do the trick.

I encourage people to drink when they're sick. Whiskey, especially. Drinking whiskey always makes me feel better.

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Well, if you like drinking, you certainly must like being a bartender.

You know what? I started because I figured I'd make more money than I was working at a pizza place. But I ended up really enjoying it. You learn a lot from talking to people. They come in for all sorts of reasons... sometimes it's to celebrate, sometimes it's after a funeral or losing their job.

What's the best lesson you've learned from talking to all these folks?

Don't cheat. And if you're going to cheat, don't get caught. That's the big one.

Indeed. Now, I've gotta ask you - because I think everyone who sees your picture is going to wonder the same thing - how many tattoos do you have?

It's more like I have one big one that never ends. My goal is to be finished by the time I'm 30. (Reporter's note: Justin recently turned 28.) I want to be covered from my waist to my fingertips.

Which one hurt the most to get done so far?

The palm of my hand.

Really? I thought it'd be the face.

Nah, I was pretty drunk when I got that. I was partying in New Orleans for Halloween. Now that's a great city. The people, the food, the nightlife... but you probably don't want to stay for more than a week if you don't have very much self control.

Why? Do you have any regrets? You've got me thinking I should make it my next vacation destination.

It depends. The only time I regret the tattoo, or anything really, is on those mornings I'm so hungover that I get into this state where I really start to question my life.

Ha! I think we've all been there.

Yeah, it happens. It's really best to get tattooed sober and on a full stomach. But hey, fuck it. To each his own. Besides, the dumber other people's tattoos are, the better mine will look.

Exactly. Justin, I appreciate you being a good sport this evening. Big thanks for the hot toddy.

Anytime. I hope you feel better!

 
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