FLAME IS FLEETING: Bartender Chris turns up the heat at Firehouse.
By Colleen Watson
HEATED AIR brushed across my face as the flames flew from the bartender's mouth with a fiery rumble. In the midst of this incendiary spectacle were four shots topped with 151 rum. After the bright yellow ball had disappeared, little blue flames continued to wobble on top of the drinks. I stared mesmerized by the strange dancing flashes atop my shot glass—only to be extinguished by the pool of Bud Light that it was unceremoniously dumped over them. There is something about these heated displays that is irresistible. Everyone at the bar stops and stares when they know what the bartender is about to do. Everyone cheers as the bartender does his dragon impersonation.
Firehouse, located on San Pedro Square in San Jose, is a great little bar. The bartenders are all friendly and on slower nights will sit and chat with you. One of them talked to us for a bit and kept us entertained even without the pyrotechnics.
"I spit on peoples' drinks," admitted Chris about the flaming Dr. Peppers that the bar is famous for, "And they pay me well for it." Although the fire isn't for everyone, and even those that have been doing it for years have to be careful. "I did burn the tip of my nose once," Chris said, adding that the staff is always very careful.
OTHER PYROTECHNIC BARS
99 E. San Fernando St, San Jose; 408.998.9998
Firehouse No. 1 Bar and Grill
69 N. San Pedro St, San Jose; 408.287.6969
Roux Louisiana Kitchen
3055 Olin Ave. #1005, San Jose; 408.249.8000<
396 S. First St, San Jose; 408.890.2634
251 Castro St, Mountain View; 650.969.4847
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