Today my Bartender of choice is former Chivas Regal Brand Ambassador (2007), Bar Consultant and Spirits Director Giovanni Martinez. Consultant for both the New York and Los Angeles Fig & Olive Restaurants, as well as Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, he can now be found working on drinks at Sadie in Hollywood.
I have known Gio personally for a couple of years now, due to his close friendship with his work colleague, my boyfriend, Greg Bryson (AKA FutureGreg.) He is extremely passionate about alcohol and creating drinks, he’s entertaining, friendly and always the life of the party!
Giovanni MartinezAKA: Gio Official Job Title: Spirits Director Born: Los Angeles, California Currently Resides: Los Angeles, California Current Work locations: Sadie, Hollywood
Q & AWhat is the best thing about what you do? Opening the door for people and watching them step into a new World of drinking which they never expected to be in but now enjoy being a part of. What is the Worst thing about what you do? Cleaning out clogged floor sinks Who would you say is your mentor? Who do you feel trained you in your area of expertise? Max Warner and Colin Appiah probably influenced me the most in regards to dealing with having a commitment to excellence whilst keeping the customer the number one priority. What is the name of your favorite (current) Mixology bar in LA? I have a great time at Harvard and Stone. Are you a fussy eater or picky drinker? If so, what WON’T you try? Not much. I won’t eat Domestic animals or Animals of high intelligence (except the occasional pork, they’re just so tasty). What is the most unusual dish or food item you’ve ever tasted? Unusual is so relative….Crickets. What is your ‘go-to’ liquor of choice? Umm….. In a Punch or Sour- Gin, in a Cocktail- Rye, Neat- Scotch or Tequila. What is your favorite “Classic” Drink? I really like Martinez’s and Last Word’s. If you couldn’t do what you do now, what would you do instead? Teach history. If you could live anywhere in the World where would it be? and Why? London or Bora Bora. London because I’ve always had a stupendous time there, and Bora Bora cause, well, duh. But I couldn’t live anywhere but Los Angeles for very long, after all this is, to quote Steve Martin falsely quoting Shakespeare:
“This other Eden, demi-paradise, This precious stone set in the silver sea, The envy of less happier lands, This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this Los Angeles”
If you would like to be considered for this segment of my site please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a little info on who you are and where you work. If you don’t sound like a crazy person, I will happily send you a questionnaire to fill out. If you work in Los Angeles I will almost certainly come in to see how good you are!
Please note: I am looking for enthusiastic bartenders with a real passion for ‘Tending Bar”, Mixology or Classic drink making. Those of you who think ‘Sweet and Sour Mix’ is a great product, bartend only for the joy of extra cash and have no interest in the cocktail community itself, need not apply!