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Davina Thomasula, Park Bar, New York's Best Bartender 2015
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New York’s Best Bartender 2015: Finalist Davina Thomasula

Get to know Davina Thomasula, one of the top 10 finalists in this year’s competition

By Nick Leftley
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Bar: Park Bar

Been a bartender for: 12 years

Signature drink: Manhattan

What’s the best thing about being a bartender? The characters I meet on a daily basis.

What bar do you hang out in when you’re not working?I’m not a regular anywhere, but I like smaller, low-key bars where you can really enjoy the company you’re with. Bar Jamón, next to Casa Mono, is really intimate, you can really enjoy a conversation with good wine and a couple of snacks.

What New York bar trend do you love? More unconventional ingredients in cocktails. It’s hard to think of any now because I’m usually under the influence when I’m trying these things out! But I like to experiment. For example, I just tried making a gin drink with Greek yogurt.

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