Meet Matt, Broken Shaker’s globetrottin’ bar manager. With a tireless knack for exploring new cultures and activities during his travels, Matt is definitely the kind of guy you’d want to swap stories with over an ice-cold drink. When Matt’s not backpacking his way around the world, he likes motorcycling to local rock concerts and sports games. Read on to find out more about this nomadic member of the Freehand Miami crew.
Tell us about your favorite memory from backpacking through Europe.
I was staying with some friends in Derry, Northern Ireland in September 11th, 2001 when I learned about the terror attacks back in the US. I was at the beginning of my trip and still had about 6 more countries to visit when this terrible tragedy took place. As I continued with my travels, I realized how concerned the general European public was for all Americans abroad. On several occasions, I was offered a living room couch or a place to stay by total strangers simply because they learned that I was American. This demonstration of “unconditional hospitality” and concern keeps me motivated today and is one of the reasons that I stay in the industry.
What’s your favorite thing about hostels?
I love the family atmosphere that you find in hostels, which cannot be imitated in hotels, motels or private rooms. Most hostels offer activities or tours at affordable rates, and they make it easy for guests to meet and learn about each other and the surrounding area. Best of all, hostels are for everyone, not just young people like myself.
Name three items you never travel without.
Hmmm. My camera, earplugs and my Rick Steves “Europe Through the Back Door” travel guide.
Favorite place(s) to eat/drink in Miami?
What’s something you feel like everyone should experience when visiting the 305?
It only happens once a year, but everyone should see Lincoln Road on Halloween night. I had the pleasure of working on Lincoln Road the first 8 years that I lived in South Beach. Halloween night is by far the most entertaining night of the year. The creativity of the costumes I’ve seen over the years would blow your mind.
If you could hang out with anyone at The Broken Shaker, who would it be?
Probably Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney; I’ve always been a huge classic rock fan and we play a lot of Beatles and Stones at The Broken Shaker, so I’m sure they’d feel at home.