Bartenders & Mixologists

Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room, Genghis Cohen + Mountaineering Club)

Vaunted bartender Yael Vengroff started at notable Manhattan cocktail destinations Tailor, Painkiller and Pegu Club before relocating to L.A. The Houston native currently directs the bar at sister establishments The Spare Room and Genghis...
Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: Bartender Brady Weise, Malt Cocktail Maven (1886)

Brady Weise grew up in L.A. A marketing job with Yellow Tail Wines took him to Tokyo, where he became a believer in Japanese hospitality. He returned to California and started down a bar-lined...
Bartender Hong Kong

Interview: bartender Teresa Moon (OZONE)

Bartender Teresa Moon grew up on Spain’s Canary Islands, attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu Paris (Julia Child’s alma mater) and spent time in some of London and Barcelona’s leading hotel restaurants. From...
Bartender Hong Kong

Interview: bartender Antonio Lai (Quinary + Origin)

Hong Kong native Antonio Lai has traveled the globe to work as a bartender, cadging knowledge and techniques along the way, before returning home. Lai now co-owns two bars in Mid-Levels with Charlene Dawes:...
Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Dino Balocchi (Littlefork)

Dino Balocchi hails from Ottawa (Illinois) and first stepped behind a bar in Iowa City. The longtime musician started taking cocktails and spirits seriously at Longman & Eagle in Chicago, and relocated to Los...
Bartender New York City

Interview: bartender Brandon Duff (Lounge at Atera)

Brandon Duff is in a unique position as head bartender for Atera, the vaunted New York restaurant from chef Matthew Lightner. He has access to cutting-edge equipment and ingredients, and they’re able to team...