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D.C. Gigs: Pouring at the Pour House

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:53:21
Before we send you off today, it's time for another installment of "D.C. Gigs," our series featuring people working distinctively D.C. jobs. Today we meet Jaime Taylor, the event coordinator and full-time bartender at "The Pour House" on Capitol Hill.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:53:37
The bar is just blocks from congressional offices so it's no wonder the place has become one of the preferred watering holes among representatives and their staff. Marc Adams paid a visit to learn all about Jaime's D.C. gig.

MS. JAIME TAYLOR

13:53:55
My name's Jaime Taylor. I work at "The Pour House," specifically the upstairs top of the hill floor. I'm an events coordinator and a full-time bartender and bar manager. Every day I will meet a completely new set of circumstances that I never thought I would come up against.

MS. JAIME TAYLOR

13:54:22
For example, last week, it was very windy and we had a huge tree fall over in the middle of the street and a tourist was hit by the tree. So we went running out to save the tourist and then a congressman came over and declared that he was saving the tourist from the winds. And that was incredibly unique because there is no other city in the world that I think you could come up against where a politician would come out and say, I have saved you from a tree.

MS. JAIME TAYLOR

13:55:02
I've hosted different events for lots of different congressmen. Several congressmen still just pop in. Patrick Murphy has hosted many events here. Newt Gingrich popped in here couple weeks ago. Nancy Pelosi came in here and (unintelligible) gave a speech on -- to my wide eyes, she stood up on a table and gave a speech just very nonchalantly and -- which I would've never have expected her to do.

MS. JAIME TAYLOR

13:55:38
This is a funny city where, you know, every two years we get a whole new face. This past fall, I had several congressmen, who I obviously loved in town, Democratic congressmen in particular who were great customers, great clients. Their staff were fabulous and they would host great holiday parties for them. And they weren't voted back in and it was very sad departure, you know. And I still have many of their staffers who were out of jobs coming -- can you please give me a free beer? You remember I worked for so-and-so.

MS. JAIME TAYLOR

13:56:02
And I was like, yes, I know who you are, but I can't just give away the bar. It doesn't work like that. I do hear a lot of people talk politics at the bar. In this industry, I am totally neutral. That's one of those things where I agree to disagree with everybody. I will agree that Scotch is delicious, however I'm under the philosophy that no politics should be discussed with alcohol in your hand because that just leads to very bad things. We definitely try to avoid it, but, I mean, being this close to Capitol Hill, you definitely can't.

SHEIR

13:56:43
That was Jaime Taylor, event coordinator and bartender at "The Pour House." Marc Adams brought us her story. If you have a D.C. gig you think we should feature on the show, don’t be shy, we want to hear about it. You can send us an e-mail at metro@wamu.org or you can go to our facebook page, that's facebook.com/metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

13:57:33
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SHEIR

13:57:58
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SHEIR

13:58:18
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