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Welcome to Cocktail Land

A Dossier on the Drinks and Dynamos Fueling Santa Barbara’s Mixology Scene


Before your eyes is a valuable document, our first-ever, behind-the-scenes look at the past, present, and future of Santa Barbara’s bartending scene. In the following pages, you’ll meet the people and places taking our imbibing opportunities to the most creative levels, and learn how they’re inventing the cocktails and cultivating the vibes that make us swoon.

DISCLAIMER: Each of these establishments are featured in this issue of Cocktail Land, but there are dozens more restaurants, bars, and lounges across the South Coast where a good drink is easy to find.

• Check out our digital flip through version here.

• Alvaro Rojas: Early Adopter - Owner of Alcazar and Milk and Honey

• Brandon and Misty Ristaino: The Promised Ones - Owners of The Good Lion and Test Pilot

• Dawn O’Brien: Design on Her Mind - Owner of Elsie’s, The Mercury Lounge, and The Imperial

J.J. Resnick: Moscow Mule Man - President/CEO at Moscow Copper Co.

• Patrick Reynolds and Shaun Belway: Farm-to-Bar Innovators - Imagineer and Bar Manager of the Bobcat Room

• Ian Cutler: Boozeman Does Bitters - Owner of Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

• Chris Burmeister: Serving the Seasons - Beverage Manager at The Good Bar and Outpost S.B. Inside the Goodland Hotel

• Drew Morehouse: Modern Spin on Old Classics - Bar Manager of Seven Bar and Kitchen

• Willy Gilbert: The Bartender’s Bartender - Pickle Room and Arnoldi’s Café




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