Calliope Draper

Calliope Draper | Bartender Atlas

Who | Calliope Draper (she/they)
Where | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Current Bar | Partake
Past Bar(s) | Bar Clementine
Favourite Spirit | Genever or Absinthe
Favourite Juice | Clarified cherry tomato
Favourite Classic Cocktail | 50:50 Gin Martini with a twist
Favourite Part of the Job | Helping colleagues across the country and world create more inclusive spaces for queer and trans folks
Favourite After Work Drink | a Death in the Afternoon
Favourite at Home Drink | Amaro on the rocks
Favourite bar in the world | Camparino in Galleria, Milan
Best known for | Being unapologetically queer and also my signature martini
Favourite “at work” memory | Seeing the gradual increase of queer and trans folks at the bars while I try to create a culture of queer hospitality wherever I work

What do you collect? I have habit of collecting brass birds. I have way too many hidden around my apartment and at this point it looks like if Medusa kept a bird sanctuary
Favourite thing about your city? All of our urban greenspace! The river valley gives us lots of fun plants to forage from, plus the opportunity to escape into nature.
What was the last photo that you took? A picture of my asthmatic, toothless, deaf cat fallen asleep on her favourite blanket
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? Paris. I’ve been to other parts of Europe but I have always wanted to go to Paris.
Any claims to fame? I am the first non-binary bartender to place in the Diageo World Class Canada competition, as well as the first home bartender (at the time) to place. I ended up making it to the Canadian top 10 and winning a challenge at the national level.

Prosecco or Cava? Cava
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Peychaud’s
Singapore or San Francisco? San Fran 💅
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Grapefruit

Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes
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