Aleksandr Russell

Aleksandr Russell | Bartender Atlas

Who | Aleksandr Russell
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Gift Shop, BlueBlood Steakhouse, Ten Restaurant
Past Bar(s) | Famous Last Words, Antler, 1602
Favourite Spirit | Islay Scotch
Favourite Juice | Blood Orange
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Manhattan
Favourite Part of the Job | Being able to create new things, whether they be cocktails or great guest experiences.
Favourite After Work Drink | Something strong, bitter, and stirred
Favourite at Home Drink | Campari Soda
Favourite bar in the world | PDT (New York)
Best known for | Being a massive spirits geek
Best story from behind the wood | The director of The Handmaid’s Tale came in, I had no idea who he was, but it was slow so we got to chat a bit. By the end of the night he told me to greet him as c*nty-face next time he walked in the door. (He’s British, so it isn’t so horribly offensive in his mind.)

What do you collect? Mostly whiskey. But also liqueurs and wine.
Favourite thing about your city? How diverse every little neighbourhood is. Walk two blocks and it’s like you’ve transported to a different country.
What was the last photo that you took? Cocktail.
Where was your last vacation? New York City
Any claims to fame? Being a disaster behind the stick at my first bar comp.

Red or White? Red
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau (but really Pierre Ferrand Dry)
London or Paris? London all the way.
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? Hell yeah!
Find him: Instagram