Welcome to Hey Bartender, the first virtual bar. Life deserves to be celebrated with others. Our virtual events are a fun team building or client activity where guests learn to make their favorite cocktails & mocktails from famous bartenders

Nice to meet you

We're Hey Bartender® but our friends call us HB. We're the first virtual bar™

Life deserves to be celebrated

The last few years have taught us how much connection matters.

Our events are live, interactive & FUN; they're led by memorable bartenders from premiere cocktail bars.

Our products are curated by the best in the biz and are great as gifts (especially for yourself).

We are here to help you plan or host your next celebration

Our Hey Bartenders

Thomas is Hey Bartender’s Chief Cocktail Officer and Head Hey Bartender. Thomas has worked at cocktail bars like NYC’s The Raines Law Room, Dear Irving, Sleep No More, and Mister Paradise. He is one of our charismatic Hey Bartenders

More About Thomas

Lives in:

Brooklyn, NY

Recent IRL Bar:

The Raines Law Room

Favorite Cocktail:

Negroni, duh


Thomas serves as our Chief Cocktail Officer and Head HB. Previously the head bartender at NYC’s The Raines Law Room

More About Vee

Lives In:

San Diego, CA

Recent IRL Bar:

Fort Oak, SD

Favorite Cocktail:



Vee has shaken things up at top NYC craft cocktail bars like Pouring Ribbons and is also our social media & content queen

An integral part of the NYC cocktail community, Hey Bartender Drew previously was Head Bartender of Michelin-starred and James Beard nominated The Musket Room and has been featured in Forbes, Timeout, Eater, and Food and Wine Magazine.

More About Drew

Lives in:

Brooklyn, NY

Recent IRL Bar:

The Musket Room

Favorite Cocktail:

Penicillin (or a Daiquiri!)


Taking the NYC cocktail scene by storm, Drew served as Bar Manager and Head Bartender of Michelin-starred and James Beard nominated The Musket Room

More About Iain

Lives in:

Brooklyn, NY

Recent IRL Bar:

Midnight Cafe

Favorite Cocktail:

French 75


A charming Aussie and veteran of the industry, Iain has owned & operated some of the best venues in the world

More About Brian

Lives in:

San Diego, CA

Recent IRL Bar:

Realm of the 52 Remedies

Favorite Cocktail:

Regal Bee’s Knees


Award winning bartender with close to twenty years of hospitality experience, thrilled to make new memories with you!

Party with HB

Hang with a Hey Bartender

Our HBs hail from some of the best hospitality spots in the world. Talented behind the bar, they come alive behind your screens

Build Your Own Party!

Add a curated package on to your virtual happy hour or select items à la carte to send directly to your guests. Time to celebrate!

Enjoy a Premium Experience

Once your event is reserved, your personal Party Concierge will reach out to customize the experience as much as possible

Happy Hour- Delivered

Enjoy your happy hour at home. Our cocktail kits, bitters and bar tools make for great gifts- or virtual happy hour favors

How We Compare


Our Drinks

At our bar, it's your drink your way. We empower our guests to experiment and teach the fundamental building blocks of craft drinks
Simple Ingredients, Craft Cocktails.™ Our drinks are thoughtfully crafted for your enjoyment- and bragging rights!
Our Pairings consist of two drinks that were formulated to compliment one another- in addition to your happy hour
Guests who chose to not imbibe are welcome here. All of our craft drinks can be made with zero-proof spirits

Origin Story

Founder and CEO Lauren Mendell, a native New Yorker, developed the concept for Hey Bartender at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

During those early months of lockdown, in hopes of recreating an ideal night out to celebrate a loved one's birthday, Lauren decided to organize a surprise virtual Negroni-making happy hour.

She came across the Instagram profile of Thomas Spaeth, Head Bartender of her favorite speakeasy, The Raines Law Room, at the time. As luck would have it, his username was even negroni-themed. The universe was calling.

These two former strangers came together to celebrate over Zoom- along with fifty other grad school friends. Just because they couldn’t go to the bar, didn’t mean the bar (or rather, the bartender) couldn’t come to them.

That original happy hour turned into one of hundreds celebrated globally- all hosted by Hey Bartender®, the First Virtual Bar™.

It wasn't just about getting together when we otherwise couldn't. It was about the access and interaction with the talented artists behind the bar. Letting your hair down and having fun. And the drinks were incredible, too.

Lauren and Thomas became close friends and business partners. They're just getting started. As Natasha Bedingfield would say, the rest is still unwritten.

Cheers to Negronis, Instagram, Serendipity and the human search of connection.