Ilissa | Bartender Atlas

Who | Ilissa
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Island Oysters
Past Bar(s) | Northwood, Reid’s Distillery, Grey Tiger, Mulberry, 7 West, Metropolitan
Favourite Spirit | Gin
Favourite Juice | Grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Aviation
Favourite Part of the Job | Figuring out someone’s flavour & making little pieces of art
Favourite After Work Drink | Sparkling Wine
Favourite at Home Drink | White Negroni
Favourite bar in the world | Not crowned yet…
Best known for | Being a garnish fanatic
Best story from behind the wood | Helping a vodka-soda drinker realize that a gin/laphroaig/gentain/agave/lemon/amaro/etc. was more his thing. #convertingvodkasodadrinkers

What do you collect? Hourglasses
Favourite thing about your city? All the eclectic & unique neighbourhoods and their different faces from day to night.
What was the last photo that you took? Pollinators up close in a community garden.
Where was your last vacation? Niagara Wine & Beer Country
Any claims to fame? Being a craft beer & wild yeast nerd. NOW Readers Choice for Best Bartender 2019.

Red or White? That is entirely relative to one’s current disposition, the phase of the moon & what one may or may not be feasting upon.
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau for mixing and Grand Marnier on the rocks.
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? Not right now
Find her: Instagram