Things We Love: Picks from Jesse Hubbard

Jesse Hubbard
Jesse Hubbard

As the winner of the 2019 Spirits of Columbus Negroni Competition, Columbus Craft Cocktail Throwdown and the 2019 Cointreau Bartender Challenge, Jesse Hubbard has had a big year, but it's his current project that's especially important to him. This month at the Great Southern Whiskey Bar he's holding "Cocktails for a Cause," which is a month-long fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

"Cocktails for a Cause" will feature whiskey tastings all month long, with the main event on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., featuring a Jameson Whiskey tasting, Wolf's Ridge tap takeover, music by DJ George Brazil, cocktail specials, free appetizers and a huge silent auction featuring rare whiskey, beer, sports memorabilia and artwork.

Here are a few things Jesse loves.

My dogs

My dogs (fur babies) bring me so much joy it's ridiculous. Scooter and Lola weigh a combined 33 pounds but think they're more like 233 pounds. I can come home after a 12-hour shift at the bar, completely exhausted, and when I see those two little sweethearts run to the door to greet me it makes everything OK.

Collecting records

I remember in the late nineties when vinyl wasn't cool and pretty much only indie and punk bands were putting out records. It was amazing! I spent many weekends digging through crates and compiled quite a collection of my favorite records for dirt cheap prices. We're talking early pressings from Black Flag, Misfits, Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls and that whole scene. To this day I make it a point to scout out the record stores when I'm in a new city, and since moving to Columbus I've spent my fair share of time at Used Kids Records.

NBA basketball

I'm a basketball fanatic. My parents used to take my brother and me to Cavs games when we were kids and we had the absolute best time! I always get so pumped up when NBA basketball is back, and this year it's most definitely back in a big way! What's so exciting about this current season is that it's so wide open and almost anyone could win the championship. Superteams are terrible for the game, and I'm glad the league seems to be shifting away from that. This year we've got a ton of teams with two star players and it's going to be so exciting to see who comes out on top.


When you have as crazy and random of a schedule as I do, coffee is a way of life. Most days, regardless of the time, it's a safe bet to say I'll have a cup of coffee in hand. Three of my local favorites are Fox in the Snow, Winans and Transcend in Grove City.

The music of Bruce Springsteen

Bruce's music has had such a profound impact on me that it's hard to even put into words. He's my absolute favorite musician and a brilliant songwriter and performer, but the way my family has bonded through his music is what's so truly special. As far back as I can remember, Springsteen has been a part of my life. One of my earliest memories as a child is riding around town with my dad listening to the Born in the USA album. The first time my wife met my parents was at a Springsteen show at Nationwide Arena, and at our wedding it was "Glory Days" that got the entire family up on the dance floor, singing our hearts out. These are such special memories that I'll cherish forever, and Bruce's music was there for all of it.

Great Southern Whiskey Bar

6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

310 S. High St., Downtown

Cocktails for a Cause