Melissa Zornes

Melissa Zornes | Bartender Atlas

Who | Melissa Zornes
Where | Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Current Bar | Cambria Hotel
Past Bar(s) |  Pinewood Social William Collier’s, Mickey’s Tavern
Favourite Spirit | Gin
Favourite Juice | Lime
Favourite Classic Cocktail | I have a full-on Negroni addiction.
Favourite Part of the Job | Anything that gives me a sense of accomplishment. It can be as simple as setting myself a ticket-time goal on a packed Friday or deciding that I’m gonna target a guest that looks miserable and get them to leave with a smile.
Favourite After Work Drink | Bourbon, rocks. You can tell what kind of day I’ve had by what proof I order.
Favourite at Home Drink | Negroni. Sbagliato if I have to be productive.
Favourite bar in the world | Amor Y Amargo (NYC)
Best known for | I’m big on problem-solving. I notice I get approach for advice on balancing drinks or reading guests for dealers choice orders.
Best story from behind the wood | I’m not the best story teller, but if you buy me a drink and start asking me about specific musical acts, it’ll usually spark up some memories from my time bartending in music venues. I also get bored during slow shifts and will encourage my co-workers to meet challenges I present to them. Ever bartend blindfolded?

What do you collect? Pins! And coasters!
Favourite thing about your city? Everyone here is so talented. The dude playing pool that slings burgers for a living? He can speak 5 languages, beautifully. Your real estate agent? He’s written one of the most haunting short stories you’ve ever read. That super annoying coked out guy that’s always talking? Okay, yeah he sucks; but he won a Grammy.
What was the last photo that you took? It’s a picture of a half-full bottle of kombucha that I’m pouring a pre-batched Aviation into.
Where was your last vacation? New York
Any claims to fame? I’m alumni from Runamok & Juniper Harvest. Someone once told me that they want to sit in a car with me and tweet about my road rage.

Red or White? Red. Cab Franc, pref.
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Grandma
London or Paris? London
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? YES.
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