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
Sleep No More, NYC
world famous play set in 1927. Stage name: Theodore.
Grand Banks, Hudson River
Celebrated bar on a historic fishing schooner from 1935
Dear Irving, NYC
Elegant speakeasy of legend
Drew has been an avid member of the cocktail community in New York City for the last 10 years. He is actively involved with the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) and has competed in several cocktail competitions.
Drew has also been featured in a number of large publications such as Forbes, Timeout, Eater, and Food and Wine Magazine.
Cocktail + Social Media Consultant
Pouring Ribbons, NYC
Imbibe’s Cocktail Bar of the Year
Fort Oak, San Diego
highly acclaimed SD hot spot
A woman of many talents, Vee was an OG HB and is also our rollerskating social media queen. A Brooklyn native and San Diego transplant, Vee has worked at every kind of bar you can think of, from upscale whiskey bars, to high end restaurants and top craft cocktail bars.
Now Vee is "shaking" things up on the social media front for small and large spirits brands alike.
Chief Cocktail Officer at Hey Bartender
The Raines Law Room, NYC
a top ten finalist for Best Bar in the US
Dear Irving, NYC
rated #26 top bar in North America
Mister Paradise, NYC
NYC’s most fun cocktail bar
Thomas was our very first Hey Bartender in 2020 during a Negroni-themed virtual birthday happy hour; helping to start a cocktail movement and open this virtual bar.
When not behind the bar, you can find him singing Taylor Swift (just the bops) cruising around NYC on his motorbike.
Molong, NSW Australia
Supernova Ballroom, Toronto
‘Not to Be Missed’ bar to watch, The Spirits Business
Silver Lyan, Washington, D.C.
Best New American Cocktail Bar, Tales of the Cocktail
World’s Best Bar, Tales of the Cocktail
Iain has literally founded some of the most important beverage companies of the last decade that have also won more awards in the cocktail world than any other businesses.
Iain has had a one of a kind career, from throwing raves in Berlin to working as a global sustainability ambassador as well as creating a pop up that became a global phenomenon & toured the world for a year.
San Diego, CA
Realm of the 52 Remedies
Craft & Commerce, San Diego
Top 50 Bars in America, Food & Wine
Polite Provisions, San Diego
Top Volume Bar in America, Tales of a Cocktail
Bracero Cocina de Raiz, San Diego
James Beard Nominee
If you’ve had a cocktail in San Diego in the last fifteen years, there’s a good chance Brian has had a hand in it. He is also an inaugural member of the San Diego chapter of the Hubertus Circle, "... an exclusive, non-competitive programme run by Jägermeister for elite bartenders with a proven commitment to their art and craft.”
When not behind the bar, he enjoys spontaneous dance-offs with his kiddies.
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How We Compare
SOME OF OUR GUESTS
LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
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.