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In the Spirit: Alana Moran of Araña Taqueria y Cantina

I started bartending by chance because a bartender didn’t show up for work the first day I was working as a server here. Now I’m a full-time bartender. Armand [Gonzales], […]

In the Spirit: Lynn Burgett at Ten Eleven

I went to school for chemical engineering, working for a prototyping company, and my boss was also a rep for a local vineyard, so when I told him I wanted […]

In the Spirit: Christopher Starnes of Marigny Brasserie

I have a drink that I created that became Debbie Davis’ favorite drink, which then turned her onto gin, while she was never a gin-drinker before. I only make this […]

In the Spirit: Tyler Chauvin of Treo

I started bartending 12 years ago at Café Banquette. I was 18 and  started as a shot girl. That was the heyday, packed with people wall to wall and they […]

In the Spirit With Chris Benton of Le Foret

“I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for the last 15 years. I kind of fibbed my way into my first bartending job, pretending I had a little more experience than […]

In the Spirit: Murf Reeves at Erin Rose

I started out as a bouncer in Boston. The first question they asked me was, ‘Can you handle yourself in a fight?’ The main clientele was blacks and skinheads. They […]

In the Spirit: Rhiannon Enlil of Cure

I like playing with weird ingredients. I’m a huge fan of taking simple, classic and elegant drinks and flipping them inside out. This is essentially a Sazerac, but I split […]

In the Spirit: Chris Hannah of French 75

“Danny Barker is one of my heroes. I don’t think enough people talk about him. Probably my favorite compliment that I ever received living here was at the Backstreet Cultural […]

In the Spirit: Steve Yamada of Bar R’evolution

“I was working at Tivoli & Lee recently and we were doing live music for our brunches, and Josh Paxton was there, and in between sets he’d play Booker. One […]

In The Spirit: “Shake the Devil Off” by Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Tivoli & Lee

Washboard Chaz and I have a New York connection. A gentleman I did Shakespeare with up there used to jam with Washboard Chaz when he lived in San Francisco, so […]