Justin “Beef” Williams
Occupation: Bartender at Buffalo Bros, lead singer for Bomb Atomic
Where does the name “Beef” come from?
The name Beef is derived from the Latin boeuf, which means to eat the whole thing. No, I honestly I have no idea where the whole thing started. I think it’s my girlish figure.
If you were to date a vegan, would you change your name to Tofu?
Never. Absolutely never.
What’s your favorite drink to make here?
My favorite drink that I make here is called the Californication. It’s really, really sweet, but it’s superpowered. It’s basically a Long Island iced tea on steroids. And they’re fantastic. Definitely a most-bang-for-your-buck type drink.
If you could erase any one drink from the consciousness of the people who come in here so you never have to make it again, what would it be?
Probably the appletini. It’s an abomination to God and man. I just think we can try harder. We need a new drink for 2014. If you’re drinking, I think you should drink something that reminds you that you’re drinking. Gin. In a glass — full of hate.
If you could educate your customers about one thing that could make them have a better time in a bar, what would it be?
Know your limits. Like, you know just as well as I do that if you take four shots of tequila in a row with little break for air, much less water or food in between, you’re gonna have a bad time. You’re going to get absolutely hammered, and you’re gonna say or do something ridiculous, and some large people are going to have to escort you out of the building. You don’t have to be unconscious to have a good time.
Ever have to throw anyone out yourself?
One time, I had to chase an old prostitute out of here with a broom. She was flashing everyone in the bar. Another time I had to throw some guys out; they snuck back in and one of them sucker-punched me and knocked me out. We had to chase them down the block. The funny thing is at some point we started chasing the wrong guy. I’m not exactly sure who we chased.
What does Beef do when he’s not slinging drinks and playing rock ’n’ roll?
I’m usually reading histories. I’m a big history buff. Especially ancient history: Greek, Roman, pretty much anything from ancient pre-history, Fertile Crescent, Indus Valley, all the way up to fall of Constantinople, Constantine XI. That’s pretty much my field of interest. That and Bomb Atomic takes up a substantial amount of my free time.
What’s your favorite local band?
I really love Son of Stan. We jam right across the hall from them. Josh [Weathers] has always been my favorite, but since he’s retired, I have to find someone else to open my heart to. Luke Wade is definitely one of my all-time favorites in town.
Stranded on a desert island, what music and what booze would you take with you?
I would definitely take coconut rum because it goes pretty good with island vegetation. I would definitely take Tool’s entire anthology. Probably something funky — Galactic.
Everything Galactic does is funky.
I’m telling you, man — I’m Cajun, deep down in my soul. My whole family is Acadian, from a little place called Jeanerette [in Louisiana], right where the swamp meets the ocean.
How’d a Cajun wind up in Funkytown?
United States military. My father was a captain in the Navy. Brilliant guy; he looks like a Ninja Turtle now. As he’s gotten older he’s gotten definitely more Leonardo-ish. He thinks he’s Michelangelo, but we all know.
What does Buffalo Bros do better than anybody else?
Buffalo Bros does wings and late-night service better than anybody else. Our wings are by far the best in the DFW Metroplex. This is the only place you can go real late-night and get the same kind of service you could get on a Saturday at dinner on a Tuesday at 1:30 in the morning. It’s not a TCU bar and it’s not your average sports bar. We really pride ourselves on treating everyone in here like a regular, learning about them, and trying to make everyone feel at home here. Friends are important to us.
Does being a frontman in a band help you in being a bartender?
Absolutely. Personality. Bartenders are basically entertainers. Part therapist, part drug dealer, all entertainer. You gotta sell yourself as a bartender too. That’s how you get people to come back and see you and how you keep people interested. There are five bars on every block in Fort Worth. We know you have a lot of options for debauchery and we’re glad that you choose Buffalo Bros.
— Steve Watkins,
Special to DFW.com