Top 10 female bartenders31st January, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
While it may look glamourous on the surface, getting to the top of your game as a bartender requires hard graft, working antisocial hours and serious upper body strength.
Like the wine world, the role of the bartender was traditionally a male domain, but over the last few decades, a legion of female bartenders have been rising up through the ranks and blazing a trail across the international cocktail scene. And while it remains a male-dominated industry, increasingly more women are taking up shaking as a full-time job, rather than a means of paying their way through university.
As the role of the professional mixologist becomes an ever more respected career choice, the industry is increasingly appealing to young women keen to make their mark on their respective bars, from Sarah Mitchell at the London Cocktail Club to Mariena Mercer at the Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. Read on for our round-up of the top ten female bartenders that are helping to shake up the industry and smash the perception that cocktails are a man’s game.
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