Food & Drink

12 Female Bartenders in Atlanta You Need to Know

Published On 10/26/2015 Published On 10/26/2015
Tomas Espinoza

The Beastie Boys once famously said “all (they) really want is girls… to pour the drinks at their favorite bar,” or something like that. Well, we’re sorry to disappoint them but all we’ve got are a dozen women slinging craft cocktails/running the show at some of Atlanta’s best drinking establishments. In other words these female bartenders totally (Ad-)Rock.

Madison Burch

Where to find her: GRAIN (address and info)

Specialty: Boozy bourbon cocktails and fizzy gin drinks.  
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Stalking other Atlanta bartenders, traveling, putting my cats in embarrassing costumes.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “The melting pot vibe. I love being able to drive in any direction for 10 minutes and feeling like I'm in a totally different city.”

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Keyatta Mincey

Where to find her: Serpas True Food (address and info)

Specialty: “Seasonal cocktails and infusions. My favorite cocktail is new to our fall menu: the “Autumn Harvest.” It includes dashes of Angostura bitters, simple syrup, lemon, pear liqueur, St. Elizabeth allspice dram and Old 4th Distillery vodka, garnished with a flamed orange peel. Tastes like fall.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I'm a producer of film and TV. I love telling good stories through film; there is nothing like it!”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “There is something here for everyone, but it's really not known information. You have to know somebody that knows somebody. Our underground scene is amazing.”

Jess Crisler

Where to find her: Little Trouble (address and info)

Specialty: “I have a serious love for gin, so when people tell me they hate gin, I love being able to introduce them to the spirit in a way that makes them see it in a totally different way. One of my favorites is a drink I came across about a year ago. It's called a Tailspin, and it combines gin, green chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and Campari in a deliciously boozy and herbal cocktail.”
What she's doing when she's not working: “When I'm not relaxing with a good book, I try to spend my free time with friends checking out other food and drink spots in Atlanta.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “I love that Atlanta is currently fostering a really great up-and-coming cultural and art scene, including the film industry, music, visual art, and the food and cocktail scene. There's always something new to discover.”

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Christie "Red" Godwin

Where to find her: Cypress Street Plate & Pint (address and info)

Speciality: “I drink a fair share of fruity style cocktails (Apple martinis, bring ‘em on!). Yes, I said it :). However, for a good night on the town, I love to make a classic Negroni with a bit of a twist. Add a dash of lemon juice and muddled blueberries.”
What she's doing when she's not working: “I am a travel/photographer junkie. If I'm not on the road, I volunteer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta -- an amazing nonprofit hospital that brings out the inner child in all who work there.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “I am a native to Atlanta, and I'm still here! Centrally located around a wide array of terrain from the mountains to the beach... you can't beat calling a place like that home.”

One Flew South

Tiffanie “The Drinking Coach” Barriere

Where to find her: One Flew South (address and info)

Specialty: “Boozy and pretty is my style. Here's a good one: Bombay gin, yellow chartreuse, strawberry shrub, lemon juice, topped with Orpheus Atalanta brew. Shake all without the beer, double strain over fresh ice and top with beer. Garnished with a huge basil leaf.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I love long walks to other bars! Music keeps me balanced. I love to cook, I enjoy reading about history, and I recently got into making pottery.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “This city loves to eat! Atlanta doesn't have to worry about starving ever! There's a bar, restaurant, bakery, farm, marketplace or festival on every corner. Niche-y, click-y eaters.”

Shai Santana

Where to find her: The Anchor Bar & Tattoo Studio (address and info)

Specialty: “The Swashbuckler: Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I love to eat and drink! I paint in my spare time... Anything to keep the creative juices flowing.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “Sweet southern nights and shiny southern stars.”

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Brittany Burdett

Where to find her: Park Tavern (address and info)

Her Specialty: “The Good Afternoon. Two parts Absolut Pear, one part St. Germain. Top with soda and a splash of lemonade. Squeeze two fresh lemons, SHAKE IT, and strain over ice.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Music! If I'm not working a show, I'm at a show. I also book shows and manage bands. My current project (and absolute favorite) is People's Blues of Richmond.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “It's a big city with a small town attitude -- smiles everywhere and never a dull moment. Great food, great music, and great people, seven nights a week. Let's just say I love it and want to have like, ten thousand of its babies.”

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Tracy Ann Foley

Where to find her: Edgewood Speakeasy (address and info)

Specialty: “I love working with bourbons and whiskeys. One of our specialties is the Shuman: bourbon, freshly squeezed OJ, Swedish punsch (our own recipe), and Ting (Jamaican grapefruit soda).
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Traveling, cooking, discovering new restaurants, kickboxing, and acting.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “I love how much this city is expanding and discovering itself. From Little 5 to Inman Park, each part of the city has its own personality. I am constantly discovering new cool restaurants and fun cocktails all over the city.”

REPUBLIC SOCIAL HOUSE

Chandra Zachery

Where to find her: Republic Social House (address and info)

Specialty: “I love taking your average drink and making it spicier, from Bloody Marys to jalapeño margaritas. I personally love spicy food and drinks, and the hotter the better, so it's fun when I get to create something that tastes amazing while also setting your mouth on fire.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I have a case of wanderlust and love to get out of the city whenever I can. When I do stay in the city though you can usually find me at a festival -- good music plus the outdoors is a winning combo. If not there, then I'm on a beach somewhere.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “I'm one of the rare Atlanta natives, and I absolutely love my home city. It’s constantly changing, and​ there are always new places to explore. Every weekend I grab my backpack and set out on foot to go visit my friends, and en route I always find cool new neighborhood bars, eateries and shops popping up all over.”

COMMON QUARTER

Lindsay Ferdinand

Where to find her: Common Quarter (address and info)

Specialty: “I love concocting shrubs, syrups, and tinctures with fresh seasonal produce (herbs, fruits, spices, vegetables) to create fun cocktails and enhance different spirits.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Studying for my Sommelier certification. I (also) love exploring atlanta, and seeing what my fellow bartenders are whipping up at the moment. I travel whenever possible, too. Good food and drinks are my universal language.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “While it’s a big city, Atlanta has a small feel. When I'm out, I feel like I always run into someone I know, which makes for a good time wherever I go. The restaurant scene in Atlanta is like an extended family.”

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GeGe Watts

Where to find her: Pittypat’s Porch (address and info)

Specialty: “I like crafting simple, tasty cocktails, letting the flavors of each ingredient not only work together but stand out. I’m a bourbon drinker, myself. My favorite is a drink we call the “cherry bon bon,” a blend of bourbon, cherry brandy, cranberry juice and fresh lime.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Reading or spending time with my significant other, trying out new restaurants throughout Atlanta.”
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: “I love the hustle and bustle. There is a certain energy only Atlanta can provide. I’ve been part of the city since 1999, and I’m constantly looking forward to the city’s future!”

Gunshow

Mercedes O’Brien

Where to find her: Gunshow (address and info)

Her Specialty: “Food centric cocktails like Cheddar Calvados: apple butter, sherry, and sage or pistachio rye, strawberry Campari, and coconut sweet Vermouth, or the Toasted Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, burnt sugar syrup, bruleed cinnamon, and flamed orange peel.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Running the gamut of Buford Highway, from Plaza Fiesta to Treat Your Feet, or hibernating at home with the latest food magazine/cookbook with my two cats, Sandwich and Lt. Dan.
Her favorite thing about Atlanta: Beside living in the birthplace of Blanche Devereaux, it’s the perfect balance of Southern hospitality and quirk. I've never been able to stay away from it for too long.

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1. GRAIN 845 Spring St, Atlanta, GA 30354

Cypress Street’s burger and booze maestros are using the powers to open a cocktail-centric spot with good bar food to back it.

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2. Serpas True Food 659 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

You'll find some delicious seasonal cocktails here.

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3. Little Trouble 1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Asian street food (think steamed buns, fried crab dumplings, and ramen) and inventive cocktails such as the T.R.L (vodka, raspberry, cucumber soda, and mint), and King Werewolf (white brandy, plum, lemon, and soda) come together at this retro joint.

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4. Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.

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5. One Flew South 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

Because you shouldn't be forced to eat airport food at the airport.

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6. The Anchor Bar 1878 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Grab some booze and get some ink, all at once.

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7. Park Tavern 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

With a diverse menu and awesome patio, PT's the spot to go when you want to relax, toss back a few drinks -- beer, wine, sake, mojitos, sangria -- and fill up on fresh seafood, sushi, and burgers.

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8. Edgewood Speakeasy 327 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Downtown)

The bookshelf to the left of the bathrooms at Pizzeria Vesuvius leads to Edgewood Speakasy, a tiny bar, a tinier performance space, with bartenders who know what a big pour is. Don’t worry, you can still grab a pie from the adjacent pizzeria before, during, or after.

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9. Republic Social House 437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

Enjoy food (think creative sandwiches, appetizers, and classic brunch options ) and drinks alongside carnival-style games. Grab a pint and play ring toss, Jenga, and beer pong at this Grant Park favorite, which also boasts weekly menu specials and relaxing rooftop patio.

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11. Pittypat's Porch 25 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Downtown)

Serving up soul food with traditional Southern offerings, you can wash your meal down with a glass (or three) of “Pittypat’s Punch,” which is a a delicious mix of moonshine and fruit juice cocktail. It’s named after a character from Gone with the Wind, and PP's plates of Southern fried chicken seem to mimic the movie title soon after they reach your seat at the dinner table.

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12. Gunshow 924 Garrett St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow is a Brazilian churrascaria-dim sum-style eatery in Glenwood with eclectic cuisine, rock music, and ticketed reservations. Diners sit at metal communal tables, and are approached by chefs who have left the open kitchen to present the menu on rolling food carts and trays. Cocktail service follows suit, with tableside preparations from the bar cart (get the Toasted Old Fashioned). The menu rotates weekly, featuring bold, creative dishes like faux beef bone marrow, Buffalo chicken livers, French-style mussels with beef fat fries, and Vietnamese-style popcorn shrimp. An evening at Gunshow is like a night at dinner theater: take your seat, pick your poison, and enjoy the culinary show.

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