Nicolas Baban

Bartender, Best Beverage Catering

I'm a career bartender with over a decade in the industry in Northern California. I love making cocktails (particularly the classics) and subscribe to Jeffrey Morgenthaler's notion that bartending is a craft rather than art; it's about recreating excellence over and over rather than unique beauty and is technique and knowledge-driven.

"The bartender is one of the most dignified, law-abiding, and ascetic of men. He is girt about by a rigid code of professional ethics; his work demands a clear head and a steady hand; he must have sound and fluent conversation; he cannot be drunken or dirty; the slightest dubiousness is quick to exile him to the police force, journalism, the oyster boats, or some other Siberia of the broken." -H.L. Mencken


Meet our 2020 Judges

Yong Zhu

Lead Mixologist, China Live Ventures Limited LP