Top 10 female bartenders

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.

Photo courtesy of Speed Rack, a competition created by and for female bartenders.

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.

If we’ve missed anyone out that you feel merits a mention, then let us know in the comment box below.

15 Responses to “Top 10 female bartenders”

  1. Siân says:

    Ivy Mix and Lynette Marrero of Speed Rack are also amazing!!

  2. Shawn Stevens says:

    You missed the best in Las Vegas.
    Amanda Cooper at Ramsay Steak in the Paris Hotel. Amanda has personally opened many top
    restaurants and day/night clubs here in Vegas. Including Jaleo by Jose Andreas, Wolfgang Pucks and Now
    Chef Ramsay’s premier Ramsay Steak. Night/night clubs for Wynn all this by age 25. It is a great local story with both her parents being top Barkeeps in town as well. Her work with charity is well known locally as well.. Just thought you should
    know.

  3. Ian Burrell says:

    You’ve forgotten to add…”in the UK & US” after your title.

  4. Ian Burrell says:

    and the words “in my opinion”.

  5. Bill Haskin says:

    What is this, The London edition with a few New Yorkers and a Vegas person thrown in for good measure. What about the great women we have here on the West Coast like Jill Webster?

  6. Jessica says:

    You missed Krissy Calkins from Toronto!!!!

  7. Fraser says:

    Elaine Larkin – Valentino’s & Plateau, Brighton, UK

  8. just a bartender says:

    Also you forgot for example the finnish bartender Greta Grönholm who won the last world champions but I guess that’s not a real criteria here 😀

  9. Candace Henry says:

    Tokiwa Sears of One Flew South in the Atlanta airport. She won the Taste of Atlanta competition in 2013 and also helped her bar recieve first place in the 10 Best Airport Bars Tales of the Cocktail Airport Bar session..

  10. PJ says:

    Jasmine Smith of Happy Hour Private Bartending and Events (Chicago, Il)

  11. Andrei Marian says:

    What about Laura Schacht and Monica Berg, both finalist in the last 8 for Diageo World Class last year??? I guess that lately is promoted the “chav” side of things not actual quality.

  12. Juanjo says:

    Ole por Esther
    El genio la simpatia y tu finura
    A ver cuando te veo corazon
    Te envio un super beso

  13. A.D. Peterson says:

    Ivy and Lynette from Speed Rack, obvi.
    Also, Lynn House and Debbi Peek of Chicago, and Abigail Gullo, Kim Patton-Bragg, and Lucinda Weed in New Orleans.
    Pretty U.K./N.Y.C.-Heavy, here, really…

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