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.
Looking for the Oktoberfest experience without boarding an international flight? Head to Bierhaus NYC in Midtown East. With its long, communal tables, dirndl-clad waitresses and steins of Hofbrau lager, this bar gives off some serious Munich vibes. There’s almost always live music, often polka, and the rowdy crowd will even break into a tipsy German sing-along from time to time. The kitchen serves up a menu full of beer hall favorites, like currywurst with fries ($11) and flammkuchen, a flatbread topped with sour cream, red onions and bacon ($11). For a heartier meal, try the weinerschnitzel with potato salad and red cabbage ($19) or the slow-roasted pork shank ($23). The soft pretzels served with sweet or spicy mustard are even imported from Bavaria ($4.50 for a small, $9.50 for a large). There’s plenty of beer to wash it down with—available in half liters ($9), liters ($18) and even boots ($36).
Venue says: “24 beers on tap, along with six varieties of Hofbrau beer. Live music Tuesday through Saturday & Giant mimosa towers for brunch!”