Name of Bartender: Michael Martensen
Name of Bar: The Cedars Social
Location: Dallas, Texas
Ownership/Parent Company: Bar Williams
Square Footage: 1,500
Open Date: Feb. 2, 2011
Michael Martensen has transcended and redefined the art of the cocktail in Dallas. Currently serving as head barman at The Cedars Social, Martensen honed his craft working as the Luxury Spirits Ambassador for Diageo and mixing cocktails at bars and restaurants across the nation, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. This prodigious barman has transformed storied bars’ cocktail programs by creating unparalleled cobblers, fixes, fizzes, puffs, sours and punches. His passion for unique flavor profiles, clever concoctions and whimsical presentations translate to quite an impressive cocktail list. Michael is founding President of the North Texas Bartenders Guild; he also completed the reputable Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) educational program. During his time at The Cedars Social, Martensen has gained national acclamation, and he recently was honored as November Bartender of the Month by Nightclub & Bar.