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.
Taproom No. 307
This Murray Hill watering hole isn’t just another sports bar. Unlike most neighborhood joints, Taproom No. 307 offers more than the usual suspects on draught. Suds lovers can choose from a glimmering lineup of 40 craft-beer taps and a few casks behind the long oak bar, plus a selection of another 40 to 60 bottled beers that changes seasonally. On a recent visit, bartenders were pouring Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ ($9), Black Hog Delicata Squash Saison ($8) and Downeast Winter Blend Cider ($8). Rare beer enthusiasts will want to check out the Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett ($48 for a 32-ounce bottle) and Stone Old Guardian Barleywine OakSmoked 2013 ($25). All that drinking is bound to work up an appetite, so order up some of Taproom No. 307’s grub. Maybe some poutine ($14) or bay shrimp hush puppies ($11) and a kale-basil pesto flatbread ($14) will hit the spot.
Venue says: “We offer over 40 different craft beers on draught, over 40 bottles and beer infused dishes!”