Back Door – A Halloween Tradition
The Back Door has been a trusted part of the Highlands community for 30 years, and who better to talk to about the secrets to their success than Carrie Martin, a bartender who has been mixing drinks there since the day they opened their doors. “We’ve got a strong core group here. Most of us have been working here together for twenty years”, she says. That says a lot in an industry where you have busy nights and never know what to expect. She tells me that the low turnover and high turnout are due to how safe the bar is; people trust them and they know the staff by name.
That trust has gone a long way into making The Back Door a destination bar for Halloween, amongst many other holidays they are also open for. Their costume contest brings in elaborate, unique outfits as customers vie for big prizes; specifically $600, $300, and $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. Win or lose, it’s a great place to hang around, as they’ve got pool tables, skee ball, pinball, darts, and a kitchen that stays open until 3:00am! Their menu will surprise you with its variety (they’ve got everything from pizza and wings to fried mushrooms and tuna steak), and there are a plenty of different beers and cocktails to wash it down. It’s a one-stop shop for food, drinks, and fun.
Speaking of the kitchen, as a community sponsor of Bardstown Bound BooFest, The Back Door’s entire menu will be 10% off from 1:00pm-3:00am on Oct. 24. That means you can check out everything BooFest has to offer, and still have plenty of time (and cash) to grab a late night meal and cold drink.
I asked Carrie to fix me her personal favorite cocktail, an appropriately tried and true margarita, while she tried to think of some favorite bartending moments. She said “Bartending is always exciting, and never the same. There are too many stories to tell. Having a favorite would mean you’d seen it all, and I haven’t yet”. With 30 years of bartending under her belt and many more surely to come, I imagine she’s right.
Written by Shawn Steele, of Steinography, is a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server, and is not employed by any brewery.