Ryan began a long and rewarding career in bartending in 1997. He has plied his trade in hotel cocktail lounges, nightclubs, and dive bars…eventually finding himself at some of Kansas City’s finest drinking destinations.
Ryan is a multi-time finalist in the Paris of the Plains Cocktail competition, and his work has been featured in various media outlets (KSHB Kansas City Live, the Pitch Weekly, the Kansas City Star, and 435 Magazine). Port Fonda, Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen, Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin are among the establishments that have recently counted on his services. Currently, this Certified Sommelier is contracted with the esteemed brand advocacy agency The Bon Vivants as the Missouri/Kansas brand ambassador for Tequila Ocho and Luxardo, in addition to working brand development with Altamar Brands. You’ll probably find him around town sipping tequila, rum, absinthe, gin, Armagnac, and Italian liqueurs. Be sure to say hi – he’ll probably buy you a drink!