Duane Sylvestre, age 38, is the ultra-charming head bartender at Bourbon Steak who’s like a big, cuddly teddy bear who gets you sloshed on lots of delicious cocktails. Ask for this: The Damned Delicious with gin, sweet vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino, fresh lemon juice and Angostura orange bitters, served over ice and garnished with a thick orange peel.
At age 26, Bryan Tetorakis has a talent for creating molecular gastronomy cocktails that rival the food at Rogue 24. Ask for this: The Red Beard with Blackwell rum, Royal combier, lime, Duchesse de Bourgogne, cherry spherification and coffee air. Photo: Nevin Martell
One-time musician, writer, and macrame weaver, Josh Berner, 35 of Ripple can be found in the bar kitchen doing something called “Fat Wash,” also the name of Tyler Durden’s brand of high-end soaps. Ask for this: The citrusy, tart, sweet and bitter Claire Standish, with Bulleit bourbon and Josh’s own “Princess Mix.” Photo: Elizabeth Parker
PS7′s Anthony Rivera, age 32, is as personable as they come, and has great taste, too. He taught himself to play guitar and jams out to acoustic versions of 80′s one-hit-wonders. Ask for this: An Oude Fashioned with Diep 9 old genever, simple syrup, Angostura and orange bitters, served in an old-fashioned glass, garnished with orange zest.
Antonio Roman, age 27 of Bibiana, is very single, very Italian, and “will shake you like a cocktail.” Shaken Beverage Syndrome? Ask for this: Pa Pa l’Americano with Hendricks gin, Cocchi Americano, Luxardo bitters and lemon juice, shaken and served on the rocks.
Urbana’s Obi Emenyonu is a Georgetown alum with a great sense of humor (there is such a thing!), loves to stay active and speaks Igbo–his native language in Nigeria. Ask for this: the Washington Bulleit with Bulleit bourbon, Benedictine, Amaro Averna, Fee Brother’s bitters, grapefruit juice and agave nectar.
Masa 14′s Marc Eber, 43, is a (very single!) living Ken doll and is positively ripped by doing the “Bartending Workout” 11 hours a day, 6 days a week. Ask for this: French Caipirinha with lime wedges, agave, ruby red grapefruit juice, Cachaca 51 and St. Germain.
Sorry ladies, Ronald Flores, age 31, of ArtBar was just taken off the market, but you can always ask to be his Mistress. Ask for this: The Mistress with house-made moonshine–fig and rosemary-infused rye whiskey and lemon, with a flaming fig to garnish.
Tattooed former competitive snowboarder Sam Babcock, 36, strikes an imposing figure at Bandolero, and so do his drinks. Ask for this: Jesus Malverde–Vida mezcal, agave, cucumber, lime, agave syrup, cilantro, pork barrel hellfire bitters.
Brennan Adams, 38, is a licensed wilderness EMT and creator of liquid nitrogen-cocktails at A Bar which means he can save you from an avalanche and have a martini ready when you emerge. Ask for this: Burn After Reading with Illegal joven mescal, Danish cherry wine, chili ginger agave and fresh lime juice. Photo: Mark Silva
pen your eyes, sleeping beauties. This city is spilling over with beautiful men if you know where to look. Up in the sky! Down in the tunnels! They’re rescuing cats from trees, building schools, curing cancer and pouring the best elixirs in town–which is our favorite part because we love our cocktails garnished with a side of eye candy. (Curing cancer is pretty cool, too.)
We at Girl Meets Food have been been tasked with the daunting task of conducting research and narrowing down the choices. For Part One of Girl Meets Food’s “DC’s Hottest Bartenders,” we chose men based on physical attributes, personality and quality of the experience, i.e. who made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Next up, beautiful babes who sling drinks in Part Two of Girl Meets Food’s “DC’s Hottest Bartenders.” Stay tuned!