Ultimate '80s character Brian Flanagan played by Tom Cruise has been named the all-time favourite barman claiming 42 percent of votes in a poll conducted by Dirty Martini, which has cocktail bars in London's Covent Garden and newly opened Hanover Square.
The top five TV barmen to grace the silver screen:
- Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) in Cocktail
- Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) in Cheers
- Costas (Tom Conti) in Shirley Valentine
- Lil (Maria Bello) in Coyote Ugly
- Fat Sam (John Cassisi) in Bugsy Malone
Lloyd (Joe Turkel) in the Shining and Bob (Jeff Morris) in Blues Brothers trail behind the other classic cocktail-makers with 4 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
"We're not surprised that the classic Tom Cruise character has topped the poll, he's always the first barman that springs to mind," says Matt Greenwood, general manager of Dirty Martini. "What the research does show is that the cocktails and bar skills play a pivotal role in cinema, with so many memorable scenes taking place behind the bar. It's when characters impress their clientele, create some real masterpieces and can be seen at their most relaxed and this paves the way for some truly unforgettable movie moments."