LA’s BEST BARTENDER?  Who’s To Judge?

TABLE 20 ART Launches Hospitality Jobs Site

By Celebrating The City’s Best introduced itself to LA’s hotel, bar and restaurant industry by celebrating the myriad of talented professionals that staff our favorite nightspots.  Last month, the site launched LA’s Best Bartender contest.  The first winner, named by popular online voting, was the creative Matt Biancaniello, of Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Matt comes to the finalist round, joined by the talented bar men and women selected by a committee of cocktail loving bloggers, writers, and industry professionals. For three weeks, judges Caroline on Crack, Kevin Eats,Vixens LA Happy Hours, Food She thought, and will circulate through the bars of the six finalists tasting specialty cocktails, scribbling notes, and enjoying the gifts of the finalists, culminating in THE TABLE20 EVENT – an evening celebrating the top IN the city, at the top OF the city.  On Monday, October 4 each bartender finalist will create an offering of rum punch, served alongside the sushi creations and stunning Penthouse views of downtown’s TAKAMI RESTAURANT.  No tickets will be sold, however, and no entrance invitations will be sent.  All guests will be awarded entrance via our judges websites, media partners, and online and television competitions.  The winning bartender will be announced at THE TABLE20 EVENT.

Table20 recognizes that there is truly no “best” in this industry.  The “magic of the bar” is discovered through the personal interactions a great bartender enjoys with his guest, the laughs that are enjoyed on a nightly basis, the ability to create a beverage that we love and remember, and the exceptional evenings that make life in Los Angeles an unparalleled experience. There is clearly NEVER A BEST.  There are, however, many brilliant men and women working behind the bars of our favorite haunts. To them all, we raise a glass of thanks and congratulations!

We are pleased to introduce the Best Bartender Finalists:

Matt BiancanielloPeople Choice Bartender Winner
Library Bar at Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, CA


Joseph Brooke
The Edison, Downtown LA


Max Diaz
Cicada Club, Downtown LA


Devon Espinosa
Tasting Kitchen, Venice


Dee Ann Quinones
Susan Feniger’s Street, Hollywood
The Parlour Room, Hollywood
Phillipe Chow, West Hollywood


Alex Straus
Suite 700 at Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica
Hemingway’s Lounge, Hollywood