Brian Miller

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A veteran of the New York bar scene since the early 90’s, Brian Miller has built a reputation as a highly skilled, deeply passionate and internationally recognized bartender.

His big break came in 2005 when he was chosen by Audrey Saunders to join the opening staff of New York City’s legendary cocktail haven, Pegu Club. It was under the tutelage of Saunders and while working alongside fellow up and comers of the cocktail world; Phil Ward, Jim Meehan, Sammy Ross, Chad Solomon and Toby Maloney that Miller’s career began to take shape.

In 2007, he was asked by Ward to join the team at Death & Company. There, he helped build the fledgling cocktail den into one of the most recognized and highly decorated bars in the world, eventually taking the reigns as head bartender in 2009. During his year as Head Bartender, Death & Company won two awards at the 2010 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail - Best American Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu. That same year, he was nominated for International Bartender of the Year.

Miller teamed up with Lynnette Marrero, in 2008, to create an all Tiki cocktail program at Elettaria restaurant.  The program marked a resurgence of Tiki in the New York cocktail scene and spurred a renaissance that is reflected in many places today.

He continues his love affair with rum and Tiki as Captain of the notorious  “Tiki Mondays with Miller” - a Polynesian & pirate themed pop-up bar with legions of dedicated fans that include spirit brands, industry professionals, Tiki enthusiasts and beachcombers alike. Since 2011, Miller has hosted Tiki Mondays in NYC at Lani Kai, Goldbar, Mother’s Ruin, Apartment 13  & its current home, Pouring Ribbons - as well as guest appearances in Brooklyn, Hollywood, Honolulu and Moscow. 

In 2009 Miller started Double Windsor Consulting Inc. - a company directed at offering guidance and expertise to liquor companies, bars, restaurants and individuals. His clients include El Dorado, St Germain, Tanqueray, Flor de Cana, Bacardi, Campari, Appleton, Pierre Ferrand, Santa Teresa, Blackheath Beverage Group, Ateneo Restaurant in Mexico City, and entrepreneur Sean Parker. In 2011, Miller forged a strong relationship with Diageo as he was tapped as Tanqueray’s first NYC Brand Ambassador and later chosen to be the first Head Bartender at “4th on 5th” - Diageo’s in-house bar at their NYC headquarters.

During his career, Miller has competed in numerous cocktail competitions. In 2008 he was the regional winner of Herradura’s Next Great Margarita Competition, a finalist in the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge, as well as named the NY representative for the Tanqueray Martini Guild. In 2010 he was the national winner for Appleton’s Remixology Competition and in 2013 was a finalist in Santa Teresa’s Nitecap Competition.

Brian currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and his rather large rum and tiki mug collection. And when he’s not there, you can find him behind the stick at ZZ’s Clam Bar.

A veteran of the New York bar scene since the early 90’s, Brian Miller has built a reputation as a highly skilled, deeply passionate and internationally recognized bartender.

His big break came in 2005 when he was chosen by Audrey Saunders to join the opening staff of New York City’s legendary cocktail haven, Pegu Club. It was under the tutelage of Saunders and while working alongside fellow up and comers of the cocktail world; Phil Ward, Jim Meehan, Sammy Ross, Chad Solomon and Toby Maloney that Miller’s career began to take shape.

In 2007, he was asked by Ward to join the team at Death & Company. There, he helped build the fledgling cocktail den into one of the most recognized and highly decorated bars in the world, eventually taking the reigns as head bartender in 2009. During his year as Head Bartender, Death & Company won two awards at the 2010 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail - Best American Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu. That same year, he was nominated for International Bartender of the Year.

Miller teamed up with Lynnette Marrero, in 2008, to create an all Tiki cocktail program at Elettaria restaurant.  The program marked a resurgence of Tiki in the New York cocktail scene and spurred a renaissance that is reflected in many places today.

He continues his love affair with rum and Tiki as Captain of the notorious  “Tiki Mondays with Miller” - a Polynesian & pirate themed pop-up bar with legions of dedicated fans that include spirit brands, industry professionals, Tiki enthusiasts and beachcombers alike. Since 2011, Miller has hosted Tiki Mondays in NYC at Lani Kai, Goldbar, Mother’s Ruin, Apartment 13  & its current home, Pouring Ribbons - as well as guest appearances in Brooklyn, Hollywood, Honolulu and Moscow. 

In 2009 Miller started Double Windsor Consulting Inc. - a company directed at offering guidance and expertise to liquor companies, bars, restaurants and individuals. His clients include El Dorado, St Germain, Tanqueray, Flor de Cana, Bacardi, Campari, Appleton, Pierre Ferrand, Santa Teresa, Blackheath Beverage Group, Ateneo Restaurant in Mexico City, and entrepreneur Sean Parker. In 2011, Miller forged a strong relationship with Diageo as he was tapped as Tanqueray’s first NYC Brand Ambassador and later chosen to be the first Head Bartender at “4th on 5th” - Diageo’s in-house bar at their NYC headquarters.

During his career, Miller has competed in numerous cocktail competitions. In 2008 he was the regional winner of Herradura’s Next Great Margarita Competition, a finalist in the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge, as well as named the NY representative for the Tanqueray Martini Guild. In 2010 he was the national winner for Appleton’s Remixology Competition and in 2013 was a finalist in Santa Teresa’s Nitecap Competition.

Brian currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and his rather large rum and tiki mug collection. And when he’s not there, you can find him behind the stick at ZZ’s Clam Bar.