Category: Bartenders

Interview with Sergio Grandolfo

Bartender | Cacao | Vancouver Originally from Milan, Italy, Sergio started out with a career in music which included his studies at Stylus College of Music & Sound as well as Università degli Studi di Milano; he was also experienced…

Interview with Barry Jackson

Bar Manager | Gotham| Vancouver Barry has been the Bar Manager at Gotham Steakhouse for over 6 years, previously he was the Bar Manager at Umberto’s in Whistler for 4-1/2 years. You can follow Barry on Instagram @baz_jackson How did…

Interview with Sabrine Dhaliwal

Bartender | UVA| Vancouver Canadian Belvedere Brand Ambassador Sabrine started off her career in the hospitality industry as part of the team that opened Reflections rooftop lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in 2011. From there she ended up working…

Interview with Jose Borges Ferrer

Bartender | Juniper | Vancouver Jose started off his career in the hospitality industry working as a dishwasher at Cactus Club. In 2011 he then became a Barback at Chambar where he held that position for a year. He joined…

Interview with Micky Valens

Bartender | The Diamond | Wildebeest | Vancouver Micky’s bartending career began a few years ago when he worked as a server who then changed positions to be a Barback at the Yaletown Distillery in the summer of 2013. In…

Interview with Thor Paulson

Bartender | L’Abattoir | Vancouver Thor’s bartending career began 3 years ago after he had worked for 4 years in the restaurant industry.  He worked as a bartender at The Teahouse, The Diamond, the Donnelly Group, then The Revel Room,…

Interview with Max Borrowman

Bartender | Torafuku| Vancouver Growing up near the wineries of the Okanagan in a family where food and drink was important helped Max Borrowman develop a fine palate from a young age. He began in the industry as a bar-back…

Interview with Satoshi Yonemori

Bartender | Grapes & Soda| Vancouver Satoshi came to Vancouver from Kyoto, Japan where he grew up, first time arriving here when he was 16 to learn English for the summer, he then returned again after highschool when he was…

Interview with Nathan Jackman

Bartender | Catch 122| Vancouver Nathan came to Vancouver from Toronto where he had many years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as background in marketing and administration. He won 3rd place in the Vancouver Foodster Caesar Challenge…

Interview with Tarquin Melnyk

Bartender | Bambudda Gastown | Vancouver Tarquin had been working in a hospital doing recreation therapy for many years. In 2006 he made a life change to be a server in an upscale diner in Edmonton. He yearned to learn…

Robyn Gray Celebrity Bartending at The Vancouver Club

The Vancouver Club has been running a summer series of cocktail nights that features a celebrity bartender who creates a line-up of special cocktails. Each bartender presents a line-up of unique cocktails which he or she makes and serves during…

Interview with Jean-Sébastien Dupuis

Lead Bartender | Tableau Bar Bistro | Vancouver With over 10 years in the beverage industry, Montreal native Jean-Sébastien Dupuis has been crafting one-of-a-kind cocktails in some of BC’s hottest establishments. Previously he was the cocktail master at the acclaimed Bearfoot Bistro…

Interview with Ryan Storey

Ryan Storey | O Lounge & Coast | Vancouver Ryan Storey is the Bar Manager for O Lounge and Coast Restaurant in Vancouver, where he has been mixing drinks for the restaurant for close to 3 years. How did you…

Festive Holiday Cocktails

The holiday season is in full swing and with that many of the city’s bartenders have created there holiday list of celebratory cocktails. I met up with three bartenders from restaurants around Vancouver that include Colin Turner at CinCin; Ben…

Bartender: Colin Turner

Colin Turner is the Bartender at CinCin on Robson in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “The Hybrid”. Ingredients: 2 oz Beniamino Moscato Grappa…

Bartender: Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is the Bartender at Pivo/Lux in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Black Tuskan”. Ingredients: 1 oz Kaluha liquer 1 oz Van…

Bartender: Sarah

Sarah is the Bartender at Dive at the Met in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th she competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. Her featured drink was called “Mile High”. Ingredients: Whistler Brewing Weissbier 3/4 oz…

Bartender: Kris Jensen

Kris Jensen is the Bartender at The Refinery downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at his bar. His featured drink was called “Taco Bell”. Ingredients: 1.5 oz chipolte & ancho chili infused reposado…

Bartender: Danielle Tatarin

Danielle Tatarin is the Bartender at DB Bistro on Broadway in Kitsilano.  On August 17th she competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. Her featured drink was called “Mountain Julep”. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Tart Cherry…

Bartender: Sam Bawden

Sam Bawden is the Bartender at The Crime Lab in Coal Harbour overlooking Stanley Park. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “No Name”. Ingredients: One oz…

Bartender: Jonathan Smolensky

Jonathan Smolensky is the Bartender at Brix Restaurant in Yaletown. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Après Flip”. Ingredients: 4 oz Whistler Weissbier secret brew 3…

Bartender: Kyle Lane

Kyle Lane is the Bartender at Regional Tasting Lounge (RTL) in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Bubble Beer”. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz tanqueray…

Bartender: Trevor Kallies

Trevor Kallies is the bartender at the Granville Room on Granville in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Citrusly Speaking”. Ingredients: 2 thick slice…

Bartender: Cassidy Crowe

Cassidy Crowe of SIP Resto Lounge on Granville in the heart of downtown Vancouver. On August 17th she competed in the Mixologist Competition held upstairs from Sip at The Refinery. Here featured drink was called “The Geisha” Ingredients: 1 oz…

Bartender: Josh Pape

Josh Pape is one of the Bartenders and Co-Owners of The Diamond in Gastown. On August 17th he competed in the Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. He created his featured drink in advance but named it impromptu in front…

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