Bartenders Reassert Stylishness in the Face of Chef Dandyism

What the well-dressed barman is wearing.
What the well-dressed barman is wearing.

Yesterday, we continued to marvel that chefs have become beacons of fashion, but we all know that bartenders are the real fops. Guys like Jim Meehan, Sasha Petraske, and David Wondrich aren’t waiting around for Maxim or Esquire to doll them up — in fact, as evident from a Time Out how-to on cocktail dandyism, even Toby Maloney, the guy who’s responsible for the mai tais and Zombies at the Rusty Knot, wouldn’t be caught dead in a Hawaiian shirt.

“The tie is purely ornamental,” says Maloney. “I prefer a wide tie with a double Windsor knot. It needs to look like an hourglass.… It’s all about the ‘Vicious V’ [the V-shaped indentation achieved with a perfectly knotted tie]. If you don’t get the V, you retie it, even if you’re late.”

Even if you’re late? When Ken Friedman reads this, we suspect Maloney will get a serious dressing down.

Pretty in Drink [TONY]
Earlier: ‘Esquire’ Escalates Chef-Fashion War With ‘Maxim’