Bartender Spirits Awards

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John Swartz

Lead Bartender, The Battery

Before joining the The Battery team as Lead Bartender, John Swartz first demonstrated his passion for the hospitality industry at the tender age of five years old. His family’s hotel business in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo allowed him get an early start practicing his hosting skills at the reception desk. John grew up knowing everyone in the local tourism industry, it was during this time that he says hospitality “became a part of him”. 

John left Mexico briefly to study film in Texas, however, he continued to gravitate toward the hospitality industry by tending bar throughout his college years. His sustained interest in food and beverage eventually led him to take bartending courses in Mexico City, at the Centro de Capacitation Pata Negra. The specialized school for mixology was the gateway to his career in the Pata Negra group, where he managed and helped open new tapas bar locations.

 


 

Judges

Craig Schoettler

Executive Director of Beverage & Corporate Mixologist, MGM Resorts International