Illy Kamenetsky

Illy Kamenetsky | Bartender Atlas

Who | Illy Kamenetsky
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Somm/ Mixologist at In Your Glass
Past Bar(s) | Sommelier & supervisor at Suites at Scotiabank Arena, Manager at Lakehouse Member’s Club at Budweiser stage (pre pandemic), Head Bar at Parlour Lounge (mid pandemic)
Favourite Spirit | Tequila
Favourite Juice | Fermented grape juice aka vino
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Margarita
Favourite Part of the Job | Sharing good things with great people and making them smile!
Favourite After Work Drink | Paper Plane
Favourite at Home Drink | Earl Gray Tea… or a nice Bourbon Sour
Favourite bar in the world | Closed now.. also more of a restaurant, but I sit at the bar 😉 Cava in Toronto or the Broken Shaker in Chicago
Best known for | A mean Caesar… and riffs on pretty much anything with Tequila
Favourite “at work” memory | I can’t think of just one at the moment! There’s far too many.

What do you collect? Wine openers.. and then I hand paint them!
Favourite thing about your city? So much diversity, especially when it comes to food and drink!
What was the last photo that you took? My dog, running around in the snow
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? Peru
Any claims to fame? I’m the only sommelier and GoGo dancer I know! (I’ve been performing for over 10 years in Toronto.. whenever I have a Saturday night off you can find me dancing on a platform at Rebel nightclub and formerly at the legendary Guvernment… sans blazer and pin of course! )

Prosecco or Cava? Prosecco
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Angostura
Singapore or San Francisco? I’ve only been to San Francisco.. and I loved it!
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Grapefruit

Are you available for freelance gigs? Absolutely
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