Maria Ilina

Maria Ilina | Bartender Atlas

Who | Maria Ilina
Where | Christchurch, New Zealand
Current Bar | In search of 😂
Past Bar(s) | Jamie’s Italian Yorkdale (Toronto), L’hotel Gitan (Melbourne), Longroom (Melbourne), Hard Rock Cafe (Surfers Paradise), Lime (Auckland), Ponsonby Social Club (Auckland), Veranda Bar & Grill (Auckland), Brooklyn Bar (Auckland), Iconic Bar (Christchurch)
Favourite Spirit | Tequila, Scotch
Favourite Juice | Grape
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Aviation
Favourite Part of the Job | Humans
Favourite After Work Drink | Beer, on a hard night, tequila
Favourite at Home Drink | Wine
Favourite bar in the world | Love&Dysfunction (St Kilda, Melbourne)
Best known for | My ever changing accent, unconventional humour, curiosity, best mojitos (apparently).
Best story from behind the wood | Illegal to have them written somewhere.

What do you collect? Used to be lighters, now days it must be wine knives.
Favourite thing about your city? Just came back to my old Lil shaken city and pretty amazing to see how it’s reinventing itself! Watch out Melbourne!
What was the last photo that you took? Of my younger brother and myself at his graduation dinner meet up thing.
Where was your last vacation? I’m still holidaying at home.
Any claims to fame? Won few cocktail competitions in my younger days 😂 vaguely remember it 😋

Red or White? Red
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Grand Marnier
London or Paris? London
Glass or Tin? Glass

Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes