Bartender Spirits Awards

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Christopher Longoria

Bar Director at Che Fico, San Francisco

Christopher Longoria’s career behind the bar began in 2002 at the Korean Soju hotspot Rohan Lounge in San Francisco. There he was recognized as “Best Bartender to Confess Your Sins To” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He moved on to acclaimed Michelin Star rated restaurant Aziza for 5 years as the creative Bar Lead. As Bar Manager, he then led the restaurant 1760 to become a popular cocktail destination in California.

Currently he is the Bar Director of Che Fico, which was named one of the Top 10 restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit Magazine in 2018.  That same year, he was nominated as Beverage Professional of the Year by the Saucy Awards.  In 2015 he was named a Bar Star by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bay Guardian deemed his Cocktails “Best Creative” the year prior.

Judges

Nora Furst

Partner at West Beverage Consulting and Beverage Director of Uma Casa, San Francisco, CA

Yong Zhu

Lead Mixologist at China Live Ventures Limited LP

Natasha Mesa

Head Bartender and Bar Manager at Deadshot PDX, Portland, OR

Matt Grippo

General Manager at blackbird bar San Francisco, California