M. Covert Payton

M. Covert Payton | Bartender Atlas

Who | M. Covert Payton
Where | Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Current Bar | Black Swan Tavern
Past Bar(s) | Local Three, Cafe 33 (Marietta, GA), Drift (Marietta, GA), Canoe
Favourite Spirit | Bourbon
Favourite Juice | NOT grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Manhattan
Favourite Part of the Job | Taking care of guests, and making them feel that this is their greatest bar experience ever.
Favourite After Work Drink | Negroni (out), Manhattan (in)
Favourite at Home Drink | Manhattan
Favourite bar in the world | Local Three
Best known for | Making a perfect cocktail for someone who says “I’m not sure what I want”.
Favourite “at work” memory | Making a Manhattan for a woman, and a Cosmopolitan for her date . . . and then they got married, after coming in for repeat drinks for 2+ years. . .

What do you collect? Vintage cocktail glasses (much to my wife’s discontent).
Favourite thing about your city? The variation of bars, restaurants, & neighborhoods.
What was the last photo that you took? A Manhattan, for a cocktail contest
Where was last place you traveled? Southport, SN
Any claims to fame? I can make the most delicious, flamed-orange-peel-garnished Cosmopolitan since Dale Degroff.

Lager or IPA? IPA
Sparkling or Flat? Flat
Miami or Mexico City? Yes
Olive or Twist? Olive with Gin, Twist with Vodka

Are you available for freelance gigs? Always