Tampa Bay bartenders share the songs that sum up their style

You can meet them at CL’s HighBall on January 24.

click to enlarge The Avenue’s Madison Colmorgen - Courtesy
The Avenue’s Madison Colmorgen

Creative Loafing Tampa’s HighBall cocktail event happens on Thursday, January 24, and we asked some of the bartenders slinging drinks to answer one question.

"If you had to use a song to sum up your bartending style, what would it be?" 

Some of the answers were ironic (“Hotel California,” selected by No Vacancy’s Laura Moore) and others were cheekily related to actual cocktails (“Rock You Like A Hurricane,” selected by Errin Gowdy at Vinoy’s Paul’s Landing). One of the choices scared us (“Sicko Mode,” selected by the Crafty Squirrel’s Anthony Worms), but the best one-two belonged to The Avenue’s Madison Colmorgen and Solomon Sohn from Armature Works. 

Colmorgen picked the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” while Sohn’s selection said what every bartender probably thinks in their head after a customer complains: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (by the Rolling Stones).

See the full tracklist below, and listen to these on Spotify. Get more information on HighBall via highballtampabay.com. 

Crafty Squirrel | Anthony Worms
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott (Skrillex Remix)

Bar at Armature Works | Solomon Sohn
“You Can't Always Get What You Want“ by The Rolling Stones

Brew Bus Brewing | Chris Alexander
“My Friends And I“ by GRiZ (ft. ProbCause)

Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro | Jeanie Luce
“Bat Out of Hell“ by Meatloaf

The Bricks | Caroline Lease
“Noble Savage“ by Clutch

Casa Tina's Fresh Healthy Authentic Mexican | Samuel Vinson
“Get On Up“ by James Brown

Jannus Live | Matthew Camacho
“Friday Night (Going Down in Flames)“ by The Damned Things

Park & Rec | Terrance Devon
“Hotel Yorba“ by The White Stripes

The Living Room | Chris Artrip
“Stokin' the Neighbors“ by Lagwagon

Lorenzo Cardei | The Rez + L Bar
“Big Poppa“ by The Notorious B.I.G.

Paul's Landing at Vinoy | Errin Gowdy
“Rock You Like A Hurricane“ by Scorpions

The Avenue | Madison Colmorgen
“I Want It That Way“ by Backstreet Boys

The Landing | Corie LaGrande
“Flagpole Sitta“ by Harvey Danger

No Vacancy | Laura Moore
“Hotel California“ by The Eagles

Haven | Erin Green
“Body“ by Loud Luxury feat. brando

Iberian Rooster | Sean Shannon
“Livin' La Vida Loca“ by Ricky Martin

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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