Cuong Nguyen

Cuong Nguyen | Bartender Atlas

Who | Cuong Nguyen
Where | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Current Bar | Saigon Ottawa
Past Bar(s) | –
Favourite Spirit | Bourbon
Favourite Juice | Pineapple
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Boulevardier
Favourite Part of the Job | Presenting new cocktails to clients and seeing their reactions or getting their feedback
Favourite After Work Drink | Any Pilsner on tap
Favourite at Home Drink | Boulevardier
Favourite bar in the world | East Bay Spice Company (Berkeley, California)
Best known for | Tiger Shrike, a signature cocktail I created for Saigon Ottawa (lychee juice, lemon, Campari, Beefeater Gin, simple syrup)
Favourite “at work” memory | We had a DJ night spinning old school hip hop rnb, the bar was full, I was cranking out drinks and my staff brought out a cake for my birthday and everyone sang for me. It was really special.

What do you collect? Memories, experiences
Favourite thing about your city? Architecture
What was the last photo that you took? Outfit of the day Mirror selfie lol
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? Brazil
Any claims to fame? I was fortunate enough to make it to top 10 finalist for Woodford Reserves Manhattan Experience Competition two years in a row! (2022/2023) Very blessed. I was also a background extra in a movie about Pearl Harbor called Midway. 0.5 seconds of screen time

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

Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes
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