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Q&A with Bar Manager Andrew Friedman, LIBERTY BAR

Andrew Friedman runs one of the best bars in Seattle, Liberty, with a thoughtful selection of over 600 craft and global spirits. In addition to opening Liberty in 2006, Andrew is founder and president of the Washington State Bartender’s...

Interview with Bar Manager, Olivia Rose Griffin

When Olivia Rose Griffin moved from San Francisco to Louisville in 2014, there wasn’t a tiki bar in the state of Kentucky — and few in the South in general. But The Limbo (www.thelimbo.club/), which Griffin opened in early...

Interview with Bill Thomas of Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Ask any D.C. spirits aficionado the bar you should not miss in D.C. and most likely they will mention Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Talk to whisk(e)y fanatics across the country—especially those who travel—and they’ll bring it up, too. With...

Interview with James Downs

Moving from Detroit to Cleveland and San Francisco, then back home to Detroit, James Downs first fell in love with cocktails and spirits working at a historic Detroit bar, then honed his craft in pioneering cocktail city, SF. He is...

Interview with Bar Owner, Chris McMillian

There are bartenders who love their craft but are in the industry merely for a season. There are bartenders who get into the business for moments of press or local fame, then move on to brand ambassador-type roles or...

Interview with Felix Cohen, Bar Manager at Every Cloud

Felix Cohen is a much-needed figure in the London bar world, though web development is his “other” career. As the owner of the tiny, charming Every Cloud (everycloudbar.com) bar in London’s Hackney neighborhood (in our top bars feature, pg....

Interview with Larry Piaskowy of the Alembic

Moving from his hometown of Chicago to the west coast, Larry Piaskowy has been a chef in San Francisco at venerable bars like 15 Romolo, where excellent cocktails and spirits walk hand-in-hand with soulful food. Given a chef background...

Interview with Bartender Chris Hannah of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

Chris Hannah is not only a beloved New Orleans bartender at the intimate, legendary Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/french-75/chris-hannah), he’s known by informed drink industry folk everywhere who know to drink at his bar when in NOLA. Yes, Hannah...

Meta Interview with Jeremy Johnson

One of our favorite Louisville bars for years was Meat, a unique haven for quality cocktails in a late-night setting upstairs in a former butcher shop. Although that now-closed bar supposedly has plans to reopen, its talent has moved...

Jammyland in Las Vegas Puts Hospitality First

I wrote about Los Angeles’ Caña Rum Bar more than once after it opened in 2010, including here in Distiller. It was easily LA’s best rum bar at that time, due in large part to warm, engaging service and...