Meet The Bartender: Blake Wilkerson


Name: Blake Wilkerson
Hometown: Staunton, Virginia
Fun Fact: I like to think that I’m maybe, kind of funny. I try with some pretty corny jokes, but hey it works.

Q: Why bartending?

A: I actually just started. I always wanted to do it. I’ve been in the restaurant business for five years now and I’ve kind of slowly just worked my way up from the bottom. Started from the bottom, now I’m here.

Q: How long have you been doing so?

A: About two months

Q: Why Harrisonburg?

A: Basically, we opened up a new restaurant. I wanted to be a part of something new. Turns out it’s in Harrisonburg so that’s where I’m going.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a bartender?

A: I like dealing with the people. It’s a lot more fun. People are a little bit easier going than serving wise. It’s a little bit more stress free. It’s fun. You get people drunk.

Q: What is your favorite beer?

A: It varies from time-to-time. I’d probably go with either Satan’s Pony or the Sweetwater. I just kind of started going to IPA’s here recently.

Q: What is your favorite thing on the menu at Jimmy Madison’s?

A: Have to go with either the chicken and waffles or the mahi mahi jambalaya.

Q: Tell us a memorable story about your time working here.

A: It doesn’t matter, I mean that’s the nice thing about being a whiskey bar. It doesn’t matter the time of day, someone is in here drinking whiskey. Literally every single night, as corny as this is, around 11:30 or so “Closing Time” comes on. You’re like, “Yes, here we are,” but at the same time you’re like, “Can we play a different song?”

Q: When you are not at work, what are you doing?

A: I go hiking a bit, usually the Appalachian Trail somewhere in the Shenandoah National Park. I do some kayaking, in the winter I do some snowboarding.

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: I listen to every bit of music I swear. I’ve been stuck on that “See You Again” song by Wiz Khalifa. After the new Fast and Furious movie, I was like, “Oh, this song is chill.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: I don’t think I can have one. I like way too many, depends on what type of movie I want to watch at that time.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

A: I really want to go to Greece. I like the entire layout of the whole place, the culture there, there are so many things to see. The ocean there is gorgeous, I just think it’s a cool ass place.