Behind the Bar: Todd Shlanta

Todd Shlanta Fish Market Anchor Bar 105 & 107 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-836-5676 Fishmarketva.com Todd serves up “The Big Mary” – Old Bay rimmed 32 oz Schooner of Tito’s handmade vodka and house made Fish Market Bloody Mary mix garnished with Italian Salami, fresh celery, two big shrimp and a lemon! Todd is […]

Behind the Bar – Miguel Lemus

Miguel conjures up the Devil’s Advocate Martini – Jalapeño infused herradura tequila with Cointreau, a splash of grapefruit juice and topped off with champagne and a lime twist. Miguel Lemus The Wharf 119 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-836-2834 Wharfrestaurant.com           How did you get started in the bartending business? I […]

Behind the Bar: Kat Warren

Kat Warren R.T.’s Restaurant 3804 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 703-684-6010 rtsrestaurant.com   Kat is behind the bar Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.   Kat conjurs up a Creole 75 #1. A variation on the French 75.  It has Leopold’s small batch gin that is infused in house with pear and rosemary, fresh lemon […]

Behind the Bar: Neil L. Burroughs

Neil L. Burroughs Redstone American Grill 155 National Plaza National Harbor 301-839-3330 RedstoneGrill.com                   Neil Serves Up the Redstone Pickled Goose – Grey Goose Vodka, dill pickle and olive juice shaken, shaken, shaken and garnished with pickle wrapped hand stuffed blue cheese olives! How did you get […]

Behind the Bar: Matthew King

Matthew King City Kitchen 330 South Picket Street Alexandria 703-685-9172 FatCityKitchen.com Matt serves up the Bristow Lemonade – MurLarkey Clemoncy Whiskey, simple syrup, pomegranate juice, citrus bitters & a splash of soda.   Matt is behind the bar Tuesday through Saturday nights.   How did you get started in the bartending business?   I started […]

Behind the Bar: Elias Peters

Elias Peters Cedar Knoll Restaurant 9030 Lucia Lane Alexandria 703-780-3665 Cedarknollva.com   Elias serves up a Cedar Knoll specialty called the Bischon Frisee – in a chilled martini glass, add a little vodka, a little St. Germaine and a touch of grapefruit!   Elias is behind the bar on Tuesdays through Saturday nights. Happy hour […]

Behind the Bar: Carlos Mejicanos

Carlos Mejicanos Bond 45 149 Waterfront Street National Harbor 301-839-1445 Carlos concocts a La Birra. It’s Italian for “The Beer.” The recipe for this drink came all the way from Napoli.   How did you get started in the bartending business?   I got the idea when I was 20 going on 21. I was […]

Behind The Bar: Katy Gorman

Katy Gorman Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124 DanielOConnells.com How did you get started in the bartending business? I was 20 and studying abroad in Northampton, England. What I thought would be a great adventure turned out to be a very stressful time. My dad, who was back home […]

Behind the Bar: Frank aka Frankie Koval

Frank aka Frankie Koval Blackwall Hitch #5 Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria 571-982-3577 Theblackwallhitch.com   How did you get started in the Bartending business? I started out by waiting tables for Steak and Ale Corp aka Bennigans and it mushroomed from there until I landed at Blackwall Hitch.   What is your biggest bartender pet […]

Behind the Bar: Alexis Von Schoening

Alexis is behind the bar Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.     Alexis Von Schoening Don Taco Tequila Bar 808 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-988-3144   How did you get started in the business?   The completely practical and simple answer to this question is the 2008 financial crisis. I helped support […]