Who | Melina Meza
Where | West Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Current Bar | Olivetta
Past Bar(s) | Broken Shaker
Favourite Spirit | Mezcal
Favourite Juice | Cucumber
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Daiquiri
Favourite Part of the Job | Exceeding guest expectations with delicious cocktails and exceptional hospitality.
Favourite After Work Drink | Negroni
Favourite at Home Drink | Mezcal on the rocks
Favourite bar in the world | The Aviary (NYC)
Best known for | I am best known for my positive energy behind the bar especially when getting slammed!
Favourite “at work” memory | Rocking the bar at a crazy busy shift and having all the guests acknowledge how fast and efficient I work. Compliments like that while in the weeds is amazing!
What do you collect? Bar related pins
Favourite thing about your city? Amazing variety of restaurants and bars to eat and drink all over LA.
What was the last photo that you took? I took a picture last night of me and opening bar team and posted on my IG story.
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? Spain
Any claims to fame? In 2018 I finally took a chance at cocktail competitions and won all 3 that I submitted to: Herradura Bartender Legend, Booze & Infuse and I was global finalist for BACARDI Legacy.
Prosecco or Cava? Champagne haha
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Angostura for life
Singapore or San Francisco? SF has my heart but I would love to visit Singapore
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Pineapple
Are you available for freelance gigs? Absolutely
Find them: Instagram
Media: Punch Drink – Ink’s Mezcal Cocktail
Yahoo Entertainment – Oscar Gown-Inspired Cocktails to Sip on Sunday
Hollywood Reporter – Oscar Gown-Inspired Cocktails to Sip on Sunday
Tasting Panel Magazine
Eventbrite – Hold the Liquor: 11 Mocktails to Drink Around LA
Coveteur – TWO COCKTAIL RECIPES FOR WHEN YOU’RE REALLY MISSING SUMMER
Go Mag – Behind the Bar with the Country’s Top Lesbian Bartenders
USBG – 2018 Herradura Legends Regional Finalists
LIQUOUR.COM – Follow 38 Top Bartenders on a Legendary Trip to Tequila Paradise
So This One Night – HOTEL MIXOLOGISTS SPILL THEIR LA BAR SECRETS
Diffords Guide – Winning Cocktails 2019
Double Strainger – Nuevo Sol : Bacardi Legacy Competition Cocktail
Spirited – THE 2019 LIQUOR.COM NATIONAL LEGACY COCKTAIL COMPETITION SPONSORED BY BACARDI ® ANNOUNCES THE U.S. EAST & WEST COAST FINALISTS
PR Newswire – The 2019 Liquor.com National Legacy Cocktail Competition Sponsored By BACARDI ® Announces The U.S. East & West Coast Finalists
LIQUOUR.COM – Meet the U.S. Winners of the 2019 Liquor.com Legacy Cocktail Competition
LA Dine-N-Club – ART BEYOND THE GLASS
PDX Hot Sauce Expo – 2019 BOOZE & INFUSE COCKTAIL COMPETITION