Behind the Bar: Daniel Zielinski

Daniel Zielinski Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124         Daniel puts together O’Connell’s Dublin Grand Fashion – Jameson, Luxardo, Grand Marnier & Orange Bitters How did you get started in the bartending business? It was a pretty random affair. I have worked in the industry […]

Behind the Bar: Kyle McNeely

Kyle McNeely Blossom Cocktail Lounge MGM Grand Casino 101 MGM National Avenue National Harbor Kyle conjures up the Nellie Blossom – Grey Goose Vodka, Cherry Blossom Tea, Pomegranate, Lemon, Rose Syrup shaken and topped with Champagne and a Fresh Orchid Garnish How did you get started in the bartending business? My fraternity in college […]

Whiskey Bar 1986: Mike Reid

By Bob Tagert Mike Reid Union Street Public House Whiskey Bar 121 South Union Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-1785 The latest fad in the world of mixology and the consumption of adult beverages – The Whiskey Bar – has come to Old Town Alexandria. Secluded in a specific area of the restaurant, the whole […]

Behind the Bar: Andrew Bryan

Andrew Bryan The Irish Whisper 177 Fleet Street National Harbor 301-909-8859 Andrew serves up the traditional Guinness Pint and a shot of Jameson How did you get started in the bartending business? My family has owned and operated one of the oldest bar/restaurants in college park MD, cornerstone since the 70’s when it was the […]

Farah Ofogh

Farah Ofogh Fat City Kitchen 330 South Picket Street Alexandria 703-685-9172 Farah conjures up a Fat City Kitchen Specialty of Isaac Bowman Port Whiskey, Honey Water, Black Walnut Bitters & Sea Salt all live smoked with hickory wood chips and finished with a flamed orange peel How did you get started in the bartending […]

Behind the Bar: Mumtaz Rauf

Mumtaz Rauf Hummingbird 220 South Union Street Old Town Alexandria 703-566-1355           Mumtaz conjures up the Hummingbird Dark and Stormy with Thrashers Tonics & Elixers.   How did you get started in the bartending business?   High hopes of money, women and fame.   What is your biggest bartender pet […]

Behind the Bar: Todd Shlanta

Todd Shlanta Fish Market Anchor Bar 105 & 107 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-836-5676 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           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   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                   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 […]