A dedicated mentor and inspirational leader to many, Christine Wiseman also makes outrageously tasty drinks with an idiosyncratic level of funk and panache. She’s known for an inimitable sense of style, her exuberant hospitality and creating bars that exude a warmth and generosity of spirit. All these factors have contributed to her being named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2023, the only peer-voted accolade in the North America’s 50 Best Bars programme.
A West Virginia native, Wiseman started on the culinary side of the hospitality industry as a chef, working her way up the corporate restaurant ladder in her home state. She eventually landed a bartending position at Virtue Feed & Grain in Alexandria, Virginia, where she trained under craft cocktail innovator Todd Thrasher. In 2012, Wiseman relocated to Los Angeles, where she honed her craft utilising fresh Californian ingredients and mastering pioneering techniques.
Upon joining Broken Shaker LA, she made her mark in this oasis of tropical-inspired mixology and good-time atmosphere. Wiseman then moved back east to Miami, home of the first Broken Shaker, and joined its parent company, Bar Lab Hospitality, where she became global beverage director. Since, she has become responsible for cocktail creation and team trainings for Broken Shaker in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. Her fun, colourful and sometimes glittery cocktails typically walk the line with unexpected ingredients and tried-and-tested craveable flavour combinations.
The last two years with Bar Lab have been productive ones for Wiseman. She has helped open ten different bar programmes with the organisation, with several in the pipeline to launch later in 2023. In total, she oversees 20 outlets between Miami, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, including everything from a laid-back taqueria to a natural wine and aperitivo bar, to a rooftop pool bar and a brasserie. There is talk that in the coming months, Bar Lab may make its move into Europe.
A bartender with no boundaries and a seemingly bottomless sense of energy and joy, Christine Wiseman is a worthy winner of the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2023.
Now watch the video:
Read the article with Wiseman here.
Discover more about the previous award winners