Poe Brothers - Blackbird Cantina Deluxe
This is the second year in a row twin brothers Matt and Joe Poe won the title Best Bartender. Now they each have an award they can hang next to their trademark Depression-era hats!
The second and third most famous Poes in El Paso (R.I.P. to the homie Dick), they both got into bartending through other passions: skateboarding and punk rock. Making connections through those communities, it was Matt who initially took to bar backing and brought Joe on as a member of the Lowbrow Palace team.
Now at Blackbird Cantina Deluxe – last year’s winner for Best Tasting Mixed Drinks – these self-taught brothers not only have signature looks, but signature cocktails. Ask for the Steve McQueen and you’ll be drinking a bit of all of Matt’s favorite things in a single drink – chocolate and bourbon. Truly friendly and courteous guys, there isn’t a ZZ Top joke they haven’t heard, so save yourself the embarrassment.
More info: Blackbird Cantina Deluxe, 533 W Franklin Ave, El Paso, TX 79901, facebook.com/BlackbirdCantina.
Runner-up: Taylor Aikman, King’s X – 4119 N Mesa St., 915-544-4795, TheKingsX.com