The Best Bartenders and Sommeliers in Vancouver

Here's where to find them.

November 10, 2016

By Jenni Baynham

Each year, we recognize the best bartenders and sommeliers Vancouver has to offer in our Restaurant Awards. Of course, talent doesn’t always stay in the same restaurant (or even in Vancouver). Here is where you can find our recent winners working now—and order a glass of whatever they’re having.

Photo Cred: Grant Querner

Grant Sceney

2016 Bartender of the Year
Head bartender, Fairmont Pacific Rim
Previously: Head bartender, Elephant and Castle


Photo Cred: Aaron Aubrey

Lauren Mote

2015 Bartender of the Year
Beverage consultant, The Four Seasons
Previously: Bar manager, Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar


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Jay Jones

2014 Bartender of the Year
Drinks manager, Vij’s Group
Previously: Drinks consultant, the Canucks


Photo Cred: Joseph David Photography

Mike Bernardo

2014 Sommelier of the Year
Wine director, Vij’s Group
Previously: Manager and sommelier, Dock 503 in Sidney


Simon Kaulback

2011 Bartender of the Year
Co-owner, Mamie Taylor’s
Previously: Head bartender, Boneta


Photo Cred: Hawksworth

Bryant Mao

2015 Sommelier of the Year
Wine director, Hawksworth
Previously: Sommelier, Chez Bruce in London

Photo Cred: Hawsworth

Roger Maniwa

2016 Sommelier of the Year
Sommelier, Hawksworth
Previously: Chez Bruce, and Mitobe Sake Brewery in Japan


Photo Cred: Brandon Hart

Samantha Rahn

2013 Sommelier of the Year
Restaurant manager and wine director, Araxi
Previously: Wine director, The Maple Leaf in Banff

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