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Paul Taylor interview, 2020-12-07

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc026_06.wav

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2020-12-07


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Biographical / Historical

Paul Taylor was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Arlington, VA. He began his career by working part-time at restaurants while still in college and quickly transitioned into bartending full-time. He is now a high-profile bartender in the District, having worked at various establishments across the city. He is Beverage Director at Columbia Room and oversees the bar menu and drink training and educational program at Drink Company. Prior to this he was Bar Manager of Southern Efficiency. Taylor also helps run Columbia Roomís philanthropic sandwich pop-up, Your Only Friend, an initiative aimed at serving the community to help front line workers.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


This is an individual interview of Paul Taylor in which he discusses his bartending experiences in Virginia and D.C., his knowledge of cocktail history, the impact of gentrification in Shaw, and the effects of COVID-19, political protests, and complex issues of race and equity and inclusion on the local bartending community and broader service industry.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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