Voting for the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run in the past 12 months, keeps on rolling. We've already narrowed down finalists for Atlanta's Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and So Hot Right Now, and next up is Bartender of the Year. The nominees:
Self-proclaimed "Drinking Coach" Tiffanie Barriere opened the award-winning beverage program at One Flew South at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport back in 2008 and has been wowing customers with her hospitality and creativity ever since. In addition to turning out top-notch cocktails at her restaurant oasis in the world's busiest airport, she is a consistent competition winner and frequent presenter at events such as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and Music to your Mouth. She also appeared on a recent episode of "Southern Undercover" with the famed Lee Bros.
Not only does he own and run the successful bar program at Decatur's popular neighborhood spot, the Pinewood, but this year saw Goglia mixing cocktails at the James Beard House in New York City and announcing plans for his second restaurant, The Mercury, slated to open in early 2016. Did we mention he's not even 30?
T. Fable Jeon
Jeon's had a busy year. He helped Guy Wong develop the beverage menu and open Le Fat, and he's on board as the director of the forthcoming reservation-only lounge, Himitsu, from the Umi Sushi team, opening by the end of the year. His knowledge of Japanese cocktail culture is unparalleled.
There's a reason Kimball House tops national "best of" lists, and owner/bar director Miles Macquarrie is a huge part of the restaurant's success. He's dapper, he's affable, he's knowledgeable, he's attentive, and his drinks — often utilizing ingredients from the restaurant's backyard garden--are the perfect balance of old and new.
Thorn opened Empire State South with Hugh Acheson back in 2010, and in 2013, was promoted to beverage director for all of Acheson's restaurants. Her cocktail expertise — honed this year by completing the BAR ® 5-Day Intermediate Certificate Program Curriculum — matches that of Empire and Five and Ten's wine director, Steven Grubbs. Thorne is also a BNIC certified cognac educator, and her presence behind the scenes and the behind the bar is one of the reasons Empire is still a top restaurant destination in the city.
Polls are open for 24 hours, so cast your vote for Atlanta's best bartender below. Eater writers and editors will confer and choose a winner from the top three vote-getters.