Top 10 bartenders throughout history

23rd September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Throughout the ages, there have been a number of boundary-breaking bartenders who have shaped the industry for future generations of mixology pioneers.


This is our selection of the top 10 pioneering bartenders throughout history

Whether by creating a new trend in bartending or producing a seminal text on cocktail recipes and methods, some of these trail-blazing bartenders throughout history have produced the blue print for today’s bartenders.

From the lesser-known bartenders of the early 20th Century, to the mavericks of the contemporary era, we take a look at some of the bartenders throughout history who have moulded the industry to an almost unrecognisable extent across history.

Our list includes the first bartender to pioneer the use of flair and fresh ingredients, as well as the man who authored the world’s most famous cocktail book.

Click through the following pages to discover our pick of the top 10 pioneering bartenders in history. If you think a certain cocktail maverick deserves a mention on this list, let us know by leaving a comment below.

3 Responses to “Top 10 bartenders throughout history”

  1. Bruce Borthwick says:

    How can you leave out Dick Bradsell, he kick-started cocktails in cool bars (outside the UKBG listed hotel bars) in the mid-nineties and created simply made quality cocktails like the Bramble which is still a stalwart in everyday bars, unlike many of your top ten?

  2. Mark Smithells says:

    Dale DeGroff should be on that list surely

  3. Brandon says:

    Surely Dale should be on the list, it’s a crime that Don the Beachcomber got a spot while Bergeron got only a mention. As far as current folks go, I would also posit that Tony Abu-Ganim, Francesco LaFranconi, and Charles Joly deserve a spotlight.

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