So, what do bartenders do when they're not serving behind the counter? Why, get tipsy themselves, of course. And might I add, they do it in style. That's what went down at the Scarab Club Monday night (for those of you who don't know, Mondays are usually the only days off for folks in the service industry, if they're lucky) as the Detroit chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild throw a swanky drink fest, its first-ever Garden Gala, for its members.
Some of the most-respected mixologists in the city, including, Nate Bonkowski of Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Jason Leinart of Sugar House, Dorothy Elizabeth of Republic and Marlowe Johnson from Detroit City Distillery, were all in attendance to let loose.
If you think that these guys and gals get all dressed up like Wild West saloon keeps solely for the purpose of fitting in with the vibes at these uber chic cocktail bars and distilleries, you are mistaken. The look - the expertly trimmed beards, the twisty 'staches, the old-school sailor tattoos - are just as much part of their lifestyles as their professions in mixing craft drinks. These are not your artsy bartenders who serve at divey joints in Hamtramck (sorry guys, still love ya!). For many in attendance at the gala, it's an esteemed career.
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