Author Archives: About the Author: Jessica Blaine Smith

Jessica co-created Bartender Atlas with her bartender husband Josh Lindley. She is a full-time photographer based in Toronto, Canada. In her professional life, she documents the lives of others. Her camera has taken her all over this beautiful world from Cuba to Trinidad to France to New Zealand and Australia. While not a bartender herself, she definitely loves a strong cocktail, preferably one that is brown and/or smokey. She also loves poutine, pilates, other peoples' children and, of course, sitting at all of your bars.

Lisa Beam

Who | Lisa BeamWhere | Toronto, CanadaCurrent Bar | Northern Maverick Brewing CompanyPast Bar(s) | Brazen HeadFavourite Spirit | GinFavourite Juice | Pineapple (although I love FRESH carrot, too!)Favourite Classic Cocktail | NegroniFavourite Part of the Job | Interacting with interesting peopleFavourite After Work Drink | Cold beerFavourite at Home Drink | Caesar (well, a Caesar Bar, to clarify)Favourite bar in the world | The Press Lounge (NYC)Best known for | My…

Jake Insley

Who | Jake InsleyWhere | Toronto, CanadaCurrent Bar | The Keg Steakhouse and BarPast Bar(s) | Vancouver Fanclub (Vancouver), Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar (Vancouver BC)Favourite Spirit | TequilaFavourite Juice | GrapefruitFavourite Classic Cocktail | NegroniFavourite Part of the Job | LearningFavourite After Work Drink | TequilaFavourite at Home Drink | TequilaFavourite bar in the world | Smalls Jazz Club (New York NY)Best known for | Work ethicBest…

Dante Raphael Concepcion Jr

Who | Dante Raphael Concepcion JrWhere | San Diego & TorontoCurrent Bar | Graffiti HospitalityPast Bar(s) |  Spirithouse, Cocktailored Agency (San Diego), Hotel La Jolla (San Diego), True Food Kitchen (San Diego), Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego) and an array of corporate chain and hotel bar positionsFavourite Spirit | All of the above, but if I had to choose: Gin, Tequila/Mezcal, WhiskyFavourite Juice | The kind…

Basel Kawar

Who | Basel KawarWhere | Toronto, CanadaCurrent Bar | Ricarda’sFavourite Spirit | Bartenders don’t pick favourites 🙂Favourite Juice | PineappleFavourite Classic Cocktail | MartinezFavourite Part of the Job | Creating new things and meeting new people.Favourite After Work Drink | Crisp, cold, beer.Favourite at Home Drink | Clarified Milk PunchFavourite bar in the world | Cocktail Bar (Toronto)Best known for | Was once a club promoterBest story from behind the wood | Finding…

Neelan Mohan

Who | Neelan MohanWhere | Toronto, CanadaCurrent Bar | FreelanceFavourite Spirit | WhiskyFavourite Juice | OrangeFavourite Classic Cocktail | Whisky MuleFavourite Part of the Job | Some people think you’re the coolest person at the partyFavourite After Work Drink | A shot of tequilaFavourite at Home Drink | A bottle of GuinnessFavourite bar in the world | Mambo Beach Bar (Curaçao)Best known for | Bollywood DancingBest story from behind…

Amanda Houghtaling

Who | Amanda HoughtalingWhere | Denver, Colorado, USACurrent Bar | The Family JonesPast Bar(s) | MG Road (Asheville, NC)Favourite Spirit | MezcalFavourite Juice | MezcalFavourite Classic Cocktail | Last WordFavourite Part of the Job | Being able to help create memoriesFavourite After Work Drink | Beer and a shot of Amaro or WondermintFavourite at Home Drink | DaiquiriFavourite bar in the world | Amor y Amargo (NYC)Best known for | Getting…

Jakob Kramer-Jensen

Who | Jakob Kramer-JensenWhere | Cincinnati, Ohio, USACurrent Bar | Sundry & Vice, PleasantryPast Bar(s) | The Famous Neons Unplugged, SenateFavourite Spirit | RumFavourite Juice | Depends what for. Orange on its own, but not cocktails. Lemon in cocktails, but not on its own.Favourite Classic Cocktail | Corpse ReviverFavourite Part of the Job | Making people happy.Favourite After Work Drink | Beer and something neatFavourite at Home Drink |…

Koky López

Who | Koky LópezWhere | Gainesville, Florida, USACurrent Bar | Madrina’sPast Bar(s) | St. Germain, South Kitchen & Spirits (Jacksonville), HobNob (Jacksonville), Empire City Gastropub (Jacksonville)Favourite Spirit | MezcalFavourite Juice | HibiscusFavourite Classic Cocktail | Naked & FamousFavourite Part of the Job | The guestsFavourite After Work Drink | Miller High Life -shot or an AviationFavourite at Home Drink | Orange and carrot mimosasFavourite bar in the world | La Factoría (San…

Melissa Zornes

Who | Melissa ZornesWhere | Nashville, Tennessee, USACurrent Bar | Pinewood SocialPast Bar(s) | William Collier’s, Mickey’s TavernFavourite Spirit | GinFavourite Juice | LimeFavourite Classic Cocktail | I have a full-on Negroni addiction.Favourite Part of the Job | Anything that gives me a sense of accomplishment. It can be as simple as setting myself a ticket-time goal on a packed Friday or deciding that I’m gonna…

Lorah Gonzales

Who | Lorah GonzalesWhere | Buffalo, USACurrent Bar | Chester’s Cajun GrillPast Bar(s) | Steel City PubFavourite Spirit | VodkaFavourite Juice | OrangeFavourite Classic Cocktail | Bloody MaryFavourite Part of the Job | Good regulars and good coworkersFavourite After Work Drink | Irish CoffeeFavourite at Home Drink | MerlotFavourite bar in the world | The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill (Buffalo)Best known for | PracticalityBest story from…

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