jack mcgarry


HOW DO YOU GET TO BE INTERNATIONAL BARTENDER OF THE YEAR? YOU MAKE TWO THINGS: GOOD DECISIONS – AND YOUR OWN LUCK. 

JACK’S BACKGROUND IN THE HOSPITALITY TRADE COVERS EVERY ASPECT OF RUNNING A BAR. HE STARTED YOUNG, BUSSING TABLES BACK IN BELFAST, GRADUATING TO TENDING BAR AND DISCOVERING THE CITY’S NASCENT COCKTAIL SCENE. ALONG THE WAY, HE ACCUMULATED AN ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE OF MIXED DRINKS. 

HE AND SEAN WORKED TOGETHER BRIEFLY AT A FASHIONABLE BELFAST BAR CALLED THE NORTHERN WHIG. THEY WERE LATER REUNITED AT THE CITY’S STYLISH MERCHANT HOTEL, WHERE THEIR COMBINED FORCES SOON GARNERED A WORLD’S BEST COCKTAIL BAR TITLE IN 2010.

AFTER THAT, NEW YORK CAME CALLING.