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Agave Girl ~ Karen Grill

There is no doubt Karen Grill has been dominating the Los Angeles bar scene lately, and she’s also doing it in style. Proving girls can do it better, in her always flawless signature look, her recent win at last week’s LA Viva Sangrita Tequila Ocho competition is only one more addition to the list of her accomplishments. 

karen grill agave girlNamed one of America’s Top Bartenders of 2014 by Spirit magazine & Los Angeles’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” by Bombay Sapphire and GQ magazine in 2013, Karen began her career under the tutelage of Julian Cox at Rivera and Playa. She then became part of the opening teams at Sotto and Bestia, where the notable bar programs, both classically structured and technique-driven, continued to inspire her own craft. She carefully studied the fast-paced, meticulous nature of a kitchen; quick and thorough like the chefs she’s worked with, and has implemented a kitchen’s enthusiasm and excitement into her style of bar management. As Beverage Program Director and General Manager at Sassafras in Hollywood, Karen gathers inspiration from the deep-rooted history of the cocktail industry and integrates new techniques and ideas from her surroundings to create an innovative style of her own. At Sassafras, she pays homage to New Orleans flavors, and infuses house-made sodas, jams, bitters, shrubs, and syrups, finding ways to add a pleasant and unexpected element to each sip. Her desire to preserve the richness of cocktail history and her innate culinary adoration have certainly positioned her as one of Los Angeles’s bourgeoning talents. 

Follow Karen’s accomplishments and creations at: @kaygrill on instagram and @karengrill on twitter.

Photography by: Eugene Lee @eugeneshoots

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