Chris McMillian

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Chris McMillian at his bar, Revel, in New Orleans
Mint julep in traditional silver cup while Chris McMillian mixes another one in the background.

Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail.[1] Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century.[2]

McMillian, a fourth generation bartender,[3] has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks.[4] McMillian has been mentioned in magazines such as The New York Times [5] and The Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.[6][7]

He previously worked as the chief bartender at Kingfish. In addition to bartending, he and his wife, Laura, present cocktail seminars.[8]

In February 2016 McMillan opened Revel in Mid-City New Orleans.[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2014-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "Bartender Chris McMillian - Bar Uncommon - Find. Eat. Drink".
  4. ^ "How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep - Imbibe Magazine".
  5. ^ "And Now, a Sip of History: The Mint Julep, Personified". The New York Times. 2 May 2007.
  6. ^ Fiegl, Amanda. "Did New Orleans Invent the Cocktail?".
  7. ^ "People - Tales of the Cocktail".
  8. ^ Barry, Doug (29 October 2013). "Chris McMillian Gives Eater a Cocktail History Lesson".
  9. ^ "Legendary barman Chris McMillian opens Revel in Mid-City".

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