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Denver's Top Bartenders, Last Installment: Joe Hines, Allison Anderson, Bryan Dayton
Denver's Top Bartenders, Last Installment: Joe Hines, Allison Anderson, Bryan Dayton
Photography by Jennifer Olson

This is the last installment of Denver's Top Bartenders Uncovered, a Cocktail Week special series that acknowledges and celebrates the tenders of your favorite cocktail-mixing bars. The three featured here today - Joe Hines of Williams & Graham, Allison Anderson of Frasca, and Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth- come from different backgrounds and they are sure to make some of the best cocktails one can find. Just as their fellow bartenders in the two previous installments of this series, these three put up with Eater's prying and prodding on everything from their first bar jobs to trends they hate and the worst cocktails they have ever made.

JoeHinesSized.pngJoe Hines

Birthdate: April 21

Behind the bar at: Williams & Graham

First Bar Job: Bokx 109 in Newton, MA

Favorite Spirit: Changes often.

Worst Cocktail You Ever Made: I make a lot of horrible cocktails, hard to choose just one. It's part of the R&D process of creating something great.


Biggest Bartending Accomplishment: My biggest accomplishment as a bartender has hopefully not happened yet. I am always looking to better my skills and my knowledge behind the bar. I am grateful for all the people I have worked with to get me to where I am today.


Bartending trend you are sick of: Cocktails with too many ingredients.

One thing your guests should know about you: They should know that they are the reason I enjoy being behind a bar.


AllieAndersonSized.pngAllison Anderson

Birthdate: January 19


Behind the bar at: Frasca Food and Wine

First Bar Job: Dazzle in Denver. 

Favorite Spirit: Tequila. In mixing, I have a tough time staying away from Aperol, Campari and amari. 

Worst Cocktail You Ever Made: A lemon and vodka based cocktail that was essentially a vodka and lemonade. It wasn't terrible, just not ambitious or interesting or creative. I always have that cocktail in the back of my mind in the don't ever embarrass yourself like that again section. 

Biggest Bartending Accomplishment: as a service professional, I am most proud of the recent recognition I received on Eater Denver in the Front and Center piece

Bartending trend you are sick of: Most of them.

One thing your guests should know about you: That they are the most important thing to me.


BryanDaytonSized.pngBryan Dayton

Birthdate: June 20


Behind the bar at: OAK at Fourteenth

First Bar Job: Juanita's Mexican Restaurant

Favorite Spirit: Tequila

Worst Cocktail You Ever Made: Long Island Iced Tea, I can't ever remember the recipe!

Biggest Bartending Accomplishment: OAK at Fourteenth's cocktail program and amazing food and being named GQ Bombay Sapphire's Most Inspired Bartender in America last year.

Bartending trend you are sick of: Mustaches.

One thing your guests should know about you: I have two beautiful boys and I love to trail run.


· Denver's Top Bartenders Uncovered, Part One [EDen]
· Denver's Top Bartenders Uncovered, Part Two [EDen]

[Photography by Jennifer Olson]

Oak

1400 Pearl Street, , CO 80302 (303) 444-3622 Visit Website

Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St. Denver, CO 80211

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