Gary Gruver has been in the restaurant and bar industry for 15 years. Most notably, he opened the Martini Italian Bistro. Gary’s mentor is Jim Davis. Gary’s expertise is creating seasonal cocktail menus, designing craft cocktails and he has a vast understanding of classic cocktails. His professional philosophy is keeping cocktails fresh and easy to execute.
Gary is an award winning Mixologist. His awards include GQ's "Most Popular Bartender In The Nation" , "Americas Choice" and he is the champion for Bombay Sapphire’s regional competition for Kentucky.
In 2011 Gary was one of the founding members of the USBG KY and is currently the Vice President of the chapter.
He has been featured In in GQ Magazine, the cover of the Tasting Panel, and Television Programs that include WHAS Great Day live, WDRB, Wave 3 Listens, Courier-Journal, Insider Louisville, and The Voice-Tribune. With inspiration from the bourbon trail located in his home town, Gary enjoys creating cocktails using new innovative techniques while keeping the ingredients minimal allowing for the spirit to come to life.