The gig:The NoMad
The chops: As head bartender at the NoMad, Gonzalez helped propel the fine-dining darling to Hotel Bar of the Year at 2013’s Tales of the Cocktail.
The gig: Consulting
The chops: Marrero, whose drinks can be found on the menu at Astor Room, holds the distinction of being one of four bartenders invited into the Dame Hall of Fame’s inaugural class at last year’s Tales of the Cocktail.
The gig:Clover Club
The chops: Along with Marrero, Mix has dedicated the past few years to raising the profile of females in the cocktail industry through Speed Rack, a now-international, ladies-only bartending competition, which also raises money for breast cancer.
The gigs:Mayahuel and Donna
The chops: After honing her skills at such destinations as Maison Premiere and Prime Meats, David launched You and Me Cocktails consulting company with her main squeeze, fellow barkeep Jeremy Oertel. Keep your eyes peeled for her forthcoming bar with Death & Company’s David Kaplan and Alex Day.
The gigs:The Dead Rabbit and the Tippler
The chops: Marshall serves as the vice president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild of New York, with which she launched a series of interviews with industry pros, and she’s won several competitions, including one centered on a favorite New York pastime—day drinking.
The gigs:Freemans and Peels
The chops: Though no longer behind the stick, Volfson serves as the beverage director for both East Village restaurants, where she takes a hands-on approach to integrating seasonal ingredients into her menus.
The gig:Raines Law Room
The chops: When not clocking time as Raines’s head barkeep, Dorman has been making a name for herself at competitions and top industry events: She took home “Best Technical Skills” at this year’s international G’Vine Gin Connisseur Program, and she was inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail.
With four floors—one of which is a rooftop patio—Tonic East is equipped to handle any large party or event. The vast space, plus the 60-plus TVs scattered throughout the bar, makes it a popular spot for watching NFL, NHL and college football games. The extended happy hour—from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am to 8pm Thursday and Friday—doesn’t hurt either. Order from the happy hour menu to score select cocktails for $6 and a few beers for $5, or spring for a full-price option with some of the premium beers on tap, like Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA or Schofferhofer Grapefruit. Any good game watch requires munchies. The loaded tater tots with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and scallions ($10) or wings with buffalo, barbecue or sriracha sauce (ten for $12) might fit the bill.
Venue says: “Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday 11am-10pm. Thursday-Friday 11am-8pm”