A Proust Questionnaire for Jason Bran

by Lanee Lee

Photo by Esther Tseng

Jason Bran, longtime bartender of The Roger Room, made his final drink there on August 2nd. But not to worry, he’ll be back. Bran and bartender Damian Windsor (also formerly of The Roger Room) are working on a top-secret project slated to open in late September or early October in Hollywood.

“The Roger Room has been my home for 4 years. I will miss it, but the challenges of this upcoming project are immense and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of something new and innovative,” says Bran.

While we couldn’t get him to spill the beans on the details of the new venture, he did reveal some other things: 

Your best trait?

I’m pretty humble.

Favorite quality in a bartender?

Nothing makes me happier than seeing a great bartender manage a busy bar. Not just being nice and not keeping people waiting but taking down dirty glasses, keeping the bar clean and leading the team to success.

Least favorite quality in a bartender?

It’s a tie...arrogance and no sense of urgency.

Least favorite quality about yourself?

I’m pretty humble.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Honestly I don’t think that I have one. I am really focused on saving as much money as possible so that I can own a bar. That leaves little room for extravagance. 

On what occasion do you lie?

I am a terrible liar. I avoid situations in which I feel pressure to lie. I only lie for the sake of practical jokes.

If you weren't a bartender, what would you be?

Honestly not sure about what I would be doing but I think I would be quite miserable doing it. Working in a cubicle somewhere. 

Your idea of happiness in a glass?

Mezcal or a cold beer after a hard shift. 

Your idea of misery in a glass?

Skinny anything and silly vodka flavors.

Your favorite drinking quote?

“It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy.”

-Tyrion Lannister 

Your favorite bar scene depicted in a movie?

The “bartending is hard” montage in Cocktail, honestly. It’s perfect how obnoxious the people are and the stereotypes presented within it. But the drama that ensues when the cocktail waitress asks for a Cuba Libre always makes me laugh!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I overthink a lot of things. I would be less afraid to make mistakes and spend more time doing than scheming.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Convincing my girlfriend to go out with me.

What superpower would you like to have?

Totally a bartender thing to say but the ability to read people’s minds. If I knew what people wanted it would save a lot of time behind the bar. That assumes that they know what they want though and I’m not sure that’s a safe bet.

What is your greatest regret?

I wish I would’ve had the foresight to invest in Apple when I got out of school. 

What is your present state of mind?

Focused.

Your hero(s) in real life?

My Dad, Ricky Gervais, Tom Green and Louis CK. 

If you haven’t seen “Sh*t People Say to Bartenders” created by Jason Bran and Kiowa Bryan, do yourself a favor and watch it. 

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