When asked what makes the Mother Road special, longtime Route 66 travelers will usually reply, “It’s the people.” Nowhere is that more true than here at the Campbell Hotel, where a team of smart, funny, talented people make every day an experience to remember. This is the first in an occasional series of articles on the people of the Campbell Hotel.
Justin, our bartender here at the Campbell Lounge, is a bit of a Renaissance man. A longtime musician, he plays guitar, piano and mandolin and does lead vocals for The Fiddlebacks, a Tulsa-based rockabilly Americana band. He has studied psychology and sociology and holds a master’s degree in education. He once taught English literature. He’s in the process of turning a 1966 GMC pickup into a powerful “rat rod.” In true Okie style, he’s even gone noodling.
Oh, and he can mix a mean drink, too.
“My favorite drink to make right now is called the Gypsy cosmopolitan,” which blends the flavors of vodka, Grand Marnier, lime, soda, cherry, and cranberry, Justin says.
Vodka tonics and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer are the most popular drinks at the Campbell Lounge, Justin says.
When he’s off-duty, Justin likes to spend time in the great outdoors.
“When I’m not tending bar or playing music, I’m either camping or fishing or grilling or being a hillbilly,” he says.
The Campbell Lounge is open 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. When you visit, be sure to say hello to Justin!