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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

Makenzie Helem

Top 30 bartenders in the US for USBG World Class 2023 and Bartender at Spilt Milk, Chicago

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago

Chris Barna

Bar Manager at Proof, 2022 Top 50 US World Class 2023 Top 30 US World Class, Charleston