Bartender Spirits Awards

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Natalie Lichtman

Bar Professional, Creative Cocktails & Events, Artist

Natalie Lichtman is an artist, entrepreneur, and bartender. She came to San Francisco to study philosophy, but ended up falling in love with cocktails, spirits and the beauty behind how we drink them. As bar manager of Traveler, she runs a cocktail program that showcases techniques and ingredients from around the world. Every six months, the concept changes with visually stunning cocktails and food to match. She garnered her spirits knowledge at Elixir and other beloved institutions - Hideout at Dalva, and Tosca Cafe. She has been a judge for USA Spirits Awards for 4 consecutive sessions. Her first bar management role was at Nico, a modern one-michelin-starred French restaurant, where she worked to uphold a high end culinary focused cocktail program. She’s inspired by local flavors, and by the people who make San Francisco unique.

Meet our Judges

Coy Estes

Lead Bartender and Mixologist at The Estate Yountville, Hotel Villagio & Vintage House, Fairfield, California

Kate Gerwin

Hospitality Consultant, World Champion Bartender, Bar Rescue TV Show, Drink Masters

Jeff Terry

Bio- Bar manager, Portland, Oregon and 2020 World Class top 100

Amber Archer

Food and Beverage at Meadowood Napa Valley, Napa, California

Terence Mathews

Food and Beverage Manager at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, San Francisco