Michael Tipps

Michael Tipps
Contributing Writer

Michael Tipps began his career in food and beverage in New York City where over time he became the bar manager at the prestigious Soho and Tribeca Grand Hotels for Grand Life Hotels. It was here that 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 and Honey fame. In 2008, Tipps moved to Los Angeles, partnering with David Foss to form Est1854 llc, a food and beverage consulting firm. Tipps currently extols his expertise on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”

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.