Thursday, April 14, 2011
Who's Your Favorite Bartender?!
Head Bartender Mike Ryan of Kimpton's Sable Kitchen & Bar. (Photo: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)
Not certain where you'll be drinking this weekend?!
I conducted an informal Twitter poll, asking folks who they prefer to visit behind the bar when they're in the mood for a Manhattan or shot of Maker's.
Here's what I got:
"Mike Ryan (Sable Kitchen & Bar), Brad Bolt (Bar DeVille) because they're craftsmen."
"Ben Schiller (Boka Restaurant Group), because he creates independently from liquor companies and Josh Pearson (Sepia) because he is charming."
"Johnny Costello (Tiny Lounge for years, now at GT Fish & Oyster). He has a wicked combo of craftsmanship and incredible charm. It's rare!"
"I love the creativity and classic technique of Charles Joly of The Drawing Room. Stellar cocktails."
"Kyle Davidson. At Publican now. But was at The Violet Hour for a while. Knows his stuff, friendly, funny and won't force things on you."
"Ben Schiller. He actually listens to his guests and makes drinks to their taste. And his knowledge is vast!"
"Stephen Cole from Violet Hour. Never had a bad drink, makes me love liquors I hate, down to earth and always has made me feel at home."
Agree? Disagree? So who is your favorite guy or gal behind the stick?!