Bartender Spirits Awards

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Nathaniel Wallner

Bar Professional, Former Bar Manager at The Bywater CA

Nathaniel Wallner began his restaurant career working at Chef David Kinch’s  bib gourmand restaurant ‘The Bywater’ in Los Gatos, CA. Developing his skills there, he developed into the role of Bar Manager, maintaining an exacting focus on guest experience, cocktail development and staff education. Eventually moving forward to work at Chef Kinch’s restaurant ‘Mentone’ in Aptos, CA, where he has worked with the Bar Director to maintain quality, efficiency and continued growth behind the bar.

Meet our Judges

Sam Garcia

Bartender and Runs Beverage Program at Carnvial, Chicago

Jared Givens

Director of Restaurants, Bars, and Events at The Thompson, Hyatt Hotels, Dallas

Elliott Ernst

Country's Top 100 World Class Bartenders and Mixologist, Rockford