02/01/2019 2019 looks to be a promising year, and here are some of the best Bartenders from around the world.
Bartending is not an easy job, it takes years of practice to become a bartender worthy of recognition. Let us start 2019 by recognizing some of the best bartending talent to be found globally. Here are 10 of the world's top Bartenders:
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Eryn Reece has worked in the restaurant industry since she was 16, Eryn is excited to raise awareness for female bartenders, and is a founding member and secretary of LUPEC NYC, and a Dames Hall of Fame Inductee by Tales of the cocktail. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Imbibe, New York Times, Millennium, Cosmopolitan, and Maxim to name a few. Eryn is a Speed Rack National champion, graduate of the BAR 5-day program and is currently working on her BAR Masters.
Currently, she is the Head Bartender and Owner at Leyenda, Ivy Mix maintains her position as one of the best bartenders in her field. Her home bar, Clover Club, is Brooklyn’s revered craft cocktail establishment spearheaded by Julie Reiner, and where Mix returns to when she’s not making the world a better place.
Marian Beke, bar manager at one of London’s most notable speakeasy bars, Nightjar, is well regarded among drinks aficionados for his extensive cocktails and spirit knowledge, as well as his extravagant garnishes. The Slovakian-born bartender pioneered Nightjar’s use of vintage barware, the iconic nightjar bird vessel, and cocktail recipes which “use garnishes as an extension of the cocktail.
From London Monica Berg is known for her inventive and immaculately-crafted cocktails at chef Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social restaurant. Combining the worlds of food and drink chef and mixologist, Norwegian Berg’s concoctions certainly have a gastronomic edge, complementing Atherton’s wonderful Pollen Street food menu.
From Artesian Bar, London Caporale joined the Artesian team in 2010 and under the guidance of head bartender Alex Kratena, has grown to be one of London’s top bartenders, whose personal creations are often featured in the national and international press. Such cocktails, created in collaboration with Kratena, include the Unfinished Business, an aged cocktail which is a mix of Woodford Reserve, Martini Rosso, bitters and galangal, and Secrets & Lies, a mix of Glenmorangie Ealanta, Noilly Prat, pomegranate, rose and citrus.
From White Lyan, London Famed UK bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, formerly of 69 Colebrook Row, Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop, has never been afraid of testing industry boundaries. At his recently opened Hoxton-based cocktail bar White Lyan, Chetiyawardana swaps cocktail theatre, ice, and citrus for pre-bottled mixes, non-perishable ingredients, and freezers.
Tom Walker, of The American Bar at The Savoy, recently reached the heady heights of mixology glory when he was crowned this year’s winner of one of the world’s biggest cocktail competitions, Bacardi Legacy. Although he has vast experience with The Savoy’s iconic bar, Walker rose to worldwide prominence when his Maid in Cuba cocktail won over a critical panel of Bacardi Legacy judges.
A Sydney-based bartender who was crowned the winner of the Beefeater 24 global cocktail competition last year. Williams, the bartender at The Rook, impressed the line-up of judges, including Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne and world-renowned mixologist, Tony Conigliaro, with his signature Beefeater 24 cocktail Werewolves of London. The drink was a winning mix of Beefeater 24 gin, orange and peach liquor, lemon juice and frankincense bitters, finished off with a green tea mist.
Known as one of the best mixologists in the world and "King Cocktail," Dale DeGroff is a true expert behind the art of cocktails. He built his talents and techniques through tending at New York’s famous Rainbow Room in the 80s where he mixed classic and great tasting, ready to drink cocktails.
Colin Peter Field:
Among the best mixologists in the world is Colin Peter Field. Ranked as one of the best bartenders in the world by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines, Field is a successful mixologist who managed to master the art behind cocktail, drinks, and everything alcohol.
About the Bartender Spirits Awards
The Bartender Spirits Awards will take place in San Francisco on May 19-20, 2019. This event will become one of the most unique spirits competition within the United States judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry. The aim of the new competition is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. Using the tagline “Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers For The On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards will recognize, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.