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Alex Renshaw

Alex Renshaw

Partner at The Dogma LLC

Chicago, Illinois

Current
  • Partner at The Dogma LLC
  • Bartender at Sparrow
Past
  • Head Bartender at DrumBAR
  • Bartender at Sable Kitchen & Bar

Summary

I started bartending in Cincinnati, OH where I learned to work in a high volume atmosphere and interact with customers. It was not until I moved to Chicago and started working at Sable Kitchen and Bar that I began to understand how to properly craft a cocktail. After 2.5 years of working head bartender Mike Ryan and alongside some of the most talented and personable bartenders in Chicago at Sable, I took over the beverage program at drumBAR on the rooftop of the Rafaello Hotel in Chicago. Along with my duties as head bartender, I will eventually be responsible for other Menin Hospitality properties in Miami Beach, FL and beyond. Since taking over DrumBar, I have been honored as one of the 30 culinary leaders under 30 years old by Zagat for 2014 and one of 10 bartenders to watch in the country by Beverage Media in 2013. Most recently, I was named one of Food and Wine Magazine's top 10 new mixologists. DrumBar is consistently mentioned in the company of Chicago's best bars due to our cocktail list, spirits selection, and all around ambiance.

Aside from bartending and competing in cocktail competitions, I have been a cocktail apprentice at Tales of the Cocktail for the past three years where I help organize the execution of cocktails and mentor other cocktail apprentices from around the world.

Like most of my peers, I wouldn't trade the stress, long hours, or the late nights for any other lifestyle. At the end of the day, we are selling an intangible experience to our customers and if we are doing our jobs correctly; that experience can make someone's day or night. That feeling alone makes it worthwhile to be a part of this industry. I am proud to be a bartender and to work alongside/interact with the world class talent of the Chicago cocktail scene.

Professional Experience

01/2015 – present

The Dogma LLC

Partner
Chicago, Illinois, United States
07/2016 – present

Sparrow

Bartender
Chicago, Illinois, United States
08/2013 – 02/2015

DrumBAR

Head Bartender
Chicago, Illinois, United States
06/2011 – 08/2013

Sable Kitchen & Bar

Bartender
Chicago, IL, US

Certifications

  • Bar Smarts Wired
  • Tales of the Cocktail Cocktail Apprentice (CAP) 2012
  • Tales of the Cocktail Cocktail Apprentice Leader (CAP) 2013
  • Tales of the Cocktail Apprentice Manager (CAP) 2014

Publications

  • 312 Dining Diva - http://312diningdiva.blogspot.com/2012/09/and-now-for-some-cocktail-news.html
  • Angostura National Finals - http://vimeo.com/55475292
  • Barwear by Chefwear - http://www.chefwear.com/store/index.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=163
  • Chicago Magazine - http://www.chicagomag.com/travel/April-2014/Four-Great-Hotel-Rooftop-Bars-Plus-One-That-Might-Be-Wor
  • Chicago Reader - http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/step-by-step-instructions-for-making-sable-bartender-alex-rensh
  • Chicago Tribune - http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76747477/
  • Chicagoist - http://chicagoist.com/2013/09/25/the_best_hotel_bars_in_chicago.php?fb_action_ids=10101713524385339&
  • Chicagoist - http://chicagoist.com/2013/09/27/behind_the_stick_follow_the_seasons.php
  • Chicagoist - http://chicagoist.com/2014/04/16/the_best_rooftop_bars_in_chicago_20.php
  • Eater Chicago - http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2013/10/30/cocktail-confidential-chicago-bartenders-reveal-their-f
  • Eater Chicago - http://chicago.eater.com/tags/alex-renshaw
  • Eater Miami - http://miami.eater.com/tags/alex-renshaw
  • Esquire Magazine - http://www.esquire.com/the-side/food-and-drink/frozen-cocktails-3#slide-3
  • Fab Fit Fun - http://fabfitfun.com/picnic-recipes-slideshow#/current_gift03
  • Food and Wine - http://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/alex-renshaw
  • GQ - http://www.gq.com/food-travel/201409/chicago-officially-the-greatest-place-in-america-to-drink#slide
  • Haute Living - http://hauteliving.com/2013/11/drumbar-chicagos-alex-renshaw-unveils-new-cocktail-menu/418353/
  • Imbibe Magazine - http://imbibemagazine.com/Beg-Your-Pardon-Recipe
  • Michigan Ave Magazine - http://michiganavemag.com/personalities/articles/alex-renshaw-sable-kitchen-and-bar
  • Michigan Avenue Magazine - http://michiganavemag.com/the-latest/holiday/postings/drumbar-mixologist-alex-renshaw-holiday-cockta
  • Ocean Drive Magazine - http://oceandrive.com/the-latest/food-and-drink-news/postings/speakeasy-thanksgiving-eve-at-rose-bar
  • People Magazine - http://greatideas.people.com/2014/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-recipes-margaritas-guacamole/
  • Redeye Chicago - http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2013-08-08/entertainment/41208591_1_drumbar-10-things-cocktails
  • Restaurant Guru - http://restaurantguru.com/chicago/weblog/2014/05/08/outdoor-dining-2014/
  • Splash Magazine - http://www.chicago-splash.com/publish/Beer_Wine_&_Spirits/drumbar-review-ready-to-take-the-chill-fro
  • Tales of the Cocktail - http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/personality/alex-renshaw/
  • Thrillist - http://www.thrillist.com/eat/chicago/where-to-eat-and-drink-in-chicago?utm_content=feature&utm_sourc
  • Time Out Chicago - http://www.timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/16356831/chicago-goes-to-new-orleans-for-tales-of-the
  • Time Out Chicago - http://www.timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/16433271/know-your-bartender-alex-renshaw-at-drumbar
  • Where Magazine - http://www.wheretraveler.com/chicago/chicago-s-new-speakeasies
  • Zagat - http://www.zagat.com/30under30/2014/Chicago#21
  • Zagat - http://www.zagat.com/b/chicago/an-old-spirit-gets-a-new-look-in-8-brandy-cocktails#1
  • Zagat - http://www.zagat.com/b/chicago/dealers-choice-hello-neighbor-at-drumbar
  • Zagat - http://www.zagat.com/b/chicago/party-report-zagatpowerhour-at-drumbar

Achievements

  • Marie Brizard Cocktail Competition 2012 - Finalist
  • Cointreau Ambassador of Libations 2012 - Chicago Winner
  • Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2012 - U.S. Finalist
  • Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2013 - Chicago Finalist
  • Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2012 - Chicago Finalist
  • Altos Tequila Margarita Competition 2012 - Finalist
  • Edinburgh Gin Daisy Competition 2012 - Finalist
  • Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2014 - Chicago Finalist
  • Diageo World Class Midwest Regional 2014 - Finalist
  • Chicago Zagat list of 30 under 30 culinary professionals - 2014
  • ShakeStir Flash Cocktail Competition (Sherry) 2014 - Chicago Winner
  • Shakestir Flash Cocktail Competition (Holiday Punch) 2014 - Chicago Winner
  • 1 of the top 10 bartenders to watch in the country 2013 - Beverage Media
  • 1 of the top 10 new mixologists in the country 2014 - Food and Wine Magazine
  • Diplomatico World Cocktail Tournament 2015 - Chicago Winner and National Finalist