Michael Tipps

Michael Tipps
Michael Tipps
Co-Founder, Invictus Hospitality
Michael Tipps began his career in food and beverage in New York City working in every position in the bar industry. He was mentored at an early age by some of the greatest minds in hospitality. Tipps worked in and managed bars, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, and boutique hotels, such as the Soho & Tribeca Grand properties for Grand Life Hotels.
 
After achieving the role of bar manager at the Tribeca Grand at the age of 24, Tipps was taught the essentials of classic mixology by the person responsible for bringing the classic cocktail craze back to the United States: Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey fame. In 2008, Tipps moved to Los Angeles, partnering with Homan Taghdiri to create Invictus Hospitality, a hospitality industry consulting firm. Tipps sought to create a company that put the business in perspective and had the ability to bring clients a complete vision of their venue and operation to life.
 
Tipps is well known for being a leading expert on season one of Spike TV's Bar Rescue. He currently consults and speaks nationwide with Invictus Hospitality.

Stories by Michael Tipps

Michael Tipps at the 2017 NCB Show

Understanding the Backbar

I believe the backbar - including an owner's taste in well brands - is one of a bar's most underutilized revenue sources. Owners should treat these bar elements as valuable real estate.

Making Mixology Approachable

The nation's fascination with mixology has in many ways rejuvenated the bar industry. However, the mixology community has gotten a reputation for being a bit snooty.
Michael Tipps at the 2017 NCB Show

Tailoring the Bar Experience

Does your bar's staff know how to read your clientele? Understanding what your guests need and want is crucial to building repeat business, so give them the amazing experiences they long for.