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Fraser Hamilton

Sweet Liberty
Bar Manager
Fraser Hamilton is a bartender’s bartender. His infectious humor and genuine demeanor keep guests and industry coming back to his bastion. Still, his work ethic is no laughing matter. Fraser calls his role at Miami Beach’s accoladed Sweet Liberty “foreign affairs”-- meaning, he’s always bar manager, and also a part-time “spiritual advisor and custodian.” 
The Glasgow native globe-trotted his way to Miami: He’s worked behind the stick in Edinburgh, London, New York, Martha’s Vineyard, Aspen, and The Hamptons, and has toured with fashion shows and award ceremonies. His last ten years have been spent in the Magic City where he’s been the head bartender or bar manager (or both) at DeVito, Mercadito, Blackbird Ordinary, and Beaker & Gray.
His resume has put him side-by-side with the industry’s best. Fraser credits Jamie MacDonald, Tad Carducci, Craig Macadam, Scott Gemmel, and most recently John Lermayer as his top mentors. He also nods the now defunct Booly Mardy's where he started out for fueling an unending love for bar craft. “I worked with some very passionate and entertaining people who created the excitement I still have today.”
When it comes down to it, though, Fraser is all about hospitality. “There is nothing more important than the guest’s experience. It’s not about your twisty mustache, your pocket watch, your tattoos, your ego, or reinventing the cocktail. It’s about making people smile. I care deeply and passionately about this industry. I think it’s important, both culturally and historically.  It’s not an art or science, but it has elements of both. In essence, it’s an honest, blue collar trade. You can be given the basic skills and tools by those who train you, but your personality, style, and dedication will make you stand out.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, March 25
 

10:00am