One of our favorite activities in Columbus is sitting across a bar from Travis Owens. Usually it means a fine cocktail crafted by hand with fresh ingredients. Drinks at Curio at Harvest are inspired by the days of the speakeasy, like a white whiskey sour, or the day’s news, like the “Bad Hombre”. (The Bad Hombre, a jab at 45, sounds tasty as hell – tequila, mezcal, grapefruit liqueur, lime, honey, and bitters – topped off with a $2 donation to the ACLU.) Curio has been ranked, objectively of course, as the “Best Cocktail Bar in the Western Hemisphere.”
Travis spent his college years in Columbus and Florida studying plants and sound engineering – all while working in the bar business. Judging by his Instagram page, you would assume he studied fine art as well.
Below: frozen water attracts hundreds of social media likes- the most liked picture on Curio’s whole Instagram, in fact.
In this podcast, in addition to our lengthy discussion about ice, we talk about bars that inspire Travis, the great people he has worked with over the years, and the passion that drives him.
Travis has surrounded himself with great people including his wife, Emily, and their 1 year old (TODAY!) Oliver – next time you are in the bar, ask Travis to see a picture of this adorable nugget of cuteness.
Today is Sunday – go get a Ramos Gin Fizz from your favorite boozy brunch spot.
Bars and Speakeasies mentioned by Travis:
The Silver Dollar in Louisville
Death and Co. – NYC
Porco Lounge in Cleveland
Travis also mentioned a favorite Columbus entrepreneur:
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