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Favorite Triangle-area bartenders

I'm the food writer at The News & Observer. I'm looking for people to turn to while researching a once-a-month cocktail column. And so, who are your favorite bartenders in the Triangle and why?

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  1. My wife and her friends insist that Garrett at Vivace makes the best mojitos in Raleigh. They order them as "Garrett Mojito's" which tends to annoy some of the wait staff when we have dinner. Of course Garrett just cracks up and makes another round of great drinks.

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      1. My favorite bartenders are the guys that work at the Speakeasy in Carrboro on Friday nights. They are always nice and friendly.

        1. Kevin at the Red Lotus in Chapel Hill. His makes really good drinks, particularly the martini varieties.

          1. Um, it was an honest question...how about an answer instead of being flagged? Do we currently have a column like this in the N&O?

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            1. re: Suzy Q

              We need one. I have things in the works. Duke-centric, but exciting cocktail lectures and craft-driven mixology. Real drinks, no vodka!

                1. re: BryanZ

                  I second the CP reccomendation. Dude knows his stuff and is in a good position to do great things.

                  Bryan, what exactly do you have in the works that's Duke centric? I'm curious as to how you've got so many things lined up as a recently turned 21 year old college student with little to do with the bartending industry.

                  And vodka is by the way a perfectly acceptable mixer, just a little boring, that's all.

                2. re: Suzy Q

                  The first one ran last month. It featured a Mint Julep in hot chocolate form.

                  http://www.newsobserver.com/2766/stor...