UPDATE - 630 Day - 3rd Bartender Announced!
The man behind the bar at Mission Taco Joint, literally and figuratively, is our third and final bartender! Joel Clark will be slinging his delicious Summer Sippin' concoction: Big Jake O'Collins at our 1st Annual 630 Day party!! Here's some more info on Joel:
I moved to StL at the end of 2005 from rural Illinois. I had country dive-bartending experience, but that was it. At the beginning of 2006 I was hired as a barback at Brennan's in the CWE. In my 3 yrs there I went from barback, to bartender, to wholesale tobacco "everyman" for Select Cigars, Inc., to wine and spirits buyer. This was where I developed my expensive palate! From Brennan's I dove headfirst into craft-bartending by joining the original crew at Eclipse at the Moonrise in its inaugural summer. From there I became bar manager for Pi and was a part of the opening teams at the Kirkwood and CWE locations. Then, in the winter of 2010, I was approached to become full-time bartender at Sanctuaria in the Grove. We turned Sanctuaria into one of the most recognized cocktail bars in the midwest, if not the country, and were nominated at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards for the World's Best Cocktail Menu, and the following year recognized as one of the world's Ten Best Drink's Selections by the same organization. This past January, after 2 1/2 yrs with Sanctuaria, I was selected by the Tilford brothers to spearhead Mission Taco Joint's beverage and bar program. I like to think we've made a pretty big splash on the StL culinary and libations scene since opening in late February, 2013.
Some personal achievements include:
BarSmarts Advanced certified, April 2011
National Finalist at the Bombay Sapphire/GQ Magazine most Inspired Bartender competition. Summer 2011, Las Vegas NV. Drink name : "Bollywood Nights"
Regional Winner, DiSaronno Mixing Star, Spring 2012, New York, NY and national finalist Summer 2012, Las Vegas NV. Drink name : "Saronno Sling"
Named one of Fifteen Best Mixologists in Missouri by Missouri Life Magazine, Summer 2010
"Between Piety & Desire", a cocktail recipe of mine, was selected by Gaz Regan as one of the 101 best cocktails of 2012
Most Recently, named A-List Bartender of the Year in St Louis Magazine's annual A-List issue.
So come out Sunday and taste the talent of the man behind the hype!