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Bartenders

Chris Tunstall

May 28, 2014

San Francisco-based mixologist and bartender Chris Tunstall has worn many hats over the course of the ten-plus years he’s spent in the hospitality industry, and along the way has consistently worked to create fantastic cocktails that help to make bars, restaurants and private events successful. Tunstall specializes in building cocktail programs that are profitable, executable and original, all while enhancing the customer’s experience.

Tunstall is a contributor to Liquor.com’s Drinkwire and he and his cocktails have been featured in several publications, including the San Francisco Examiner and The Tasting Panel Magazine. He currently owns and operates a bartending training website called ABarAbove.com, where he helps to train bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts on advanced cocktail and mixology techniques. READ MORE

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Bryan Tamayo

April 30, 2014

Until recently, bartender Bryan Tamayo worked at Ox Restaurant —  the Oregonian’s 2013 “Restaurant of the Year” — and Whey Bar — Playboy Magazine’s 2013 “Best Waiting Room” — in Portland, Oregon. But Tamayo decided that it was time for a change, and starting in May of 2014, visitors to Comme Ça Restaurant in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas will be able to experience Tamayo’s remarkably creative cocktails for themselves.

Tamayo has a passion for spirits and consistently strives to learn more and push himself to the next level. Check out Bryan’s Facebook page for more information.

What inspired your move to Las Vegas?

I was looking to learn more about the industry. I know that Las Vegas has a budding cocktail culture and I would really like to be apart of that. It’s interesting how Las Vegas is surrounded by liquor but only recently has it had a focus on the craft of bartending. READ MORE

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Michael Sturdivant

April 24, 2014

Perched atop Mockingbird Station in Dallas, Texas, sits The People’s Last Stand, where, in addition to a wide selection of craft brews and hand-selected wines, the menu balances classic cocktails with unique and flavorful inventions created from fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups, infusions and mixers. And behind the bar at The People’s Last Stand is Michael Sturdivant.

Born and raised in the Dallas area, Sturdivant has studied classic cocktail techniques, but is also on the cutting edge of up-and-coming trends. He has been churning out innovative cocktails at The People’s Last Stand since November of 2013.

Check out his website for a few of his creative cocktail recipes.

What is the atmosphere like on an average night at The People’s Last Stand?

During the week we usually keep the atmosphere relaxed, but we take cues from the guests as to what they want. We have a relatively cozy space, consisting of a patio, a general area (with high tables, normal tables, booths, and the bar), and a lounge with couches and large chairs. We have happy hour specials Monday through Friday, with reduced prices for beer, wine, and classic cocktails, but Monday through Wednesday we do additional discounts, like half-off food or happy hour all day. That being said, we get a nice little early pop from happy hour, but we are most busy around seven and later. READ MORE

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Haydon Turner-White

April 14, 2014

In late March of 2014, Trapeze Bar opened its doors in East London, in the location formerly occupied by East Village, a venue famed for hosting some of the world’s finest DJs. Manning the bar at Trapeze is Haydon Turner-White, a bartender skilled in the art of crafting creative cocktails.

Up until recently, you worked at Circo. What did you enjoy most about your time there?

For me, the most enjoyable part of working at Circo was the team I worked with. We all had a cracking time when working all due to having a sense of humour, playing pranks on each other, etc. The fact that we all had a passion for cocktails brought us all together.

What sort of atmosphere are you aiming for at Trapeze?

Trapeze is based around a 1920’s freak show circus. Decor are juggling balls and batons, clown suits, graffiti and waltzer style booths. We’re aiming for a place where people can come to chill after work for some quality cocktails, or to stay for some late night drinks and dancing as we have a DJ from Thursday through Saturday. READ MORE