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Laura Newman

2018 Bartender of the Year
Laura Newman is a Brooklyn native who moved to Birmingham, Alabama in the spring of 2017. While she initially intended for the move to be temporary, she was so taken by the growing food and beverage scene that she decided to open a bar in the booming downtown Loft District. Her bar, Queen’s Park, opened in November 2018, featuring a menu of forgotten and not-so-familiar classic cocktails.

While in New York City, Laura worked at bars and restaurants such as Dover, Bergen Hill, Bacchanal, and Sweet Polly. She served as the assistant beverage director for Mother of Pearl and Cienfuegos, and spent her formative years helping to run the back office and open new locations for Derossi Global. When she wasn’t behind the stick, she was the St-Germain Brooklyn brand ambassador.

Laura is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, has a degree in hospitality management from the Institute of Culinary Education, served in the Cocktail Apprentice Program at Tales 2016, and has presented at numerous industry events and seminars. She and her work have been featured in publications such as Time Out New York, Beverage Media, Tasting Table, and Liquor.com. She has also been featured in books such as Maggie Hoffman’s The One Bottle Cocktail.

Laura has been a national and regional finalist in competitions such as Patron’s Margarita of the Year, the Woodford Manhattan Experience, and Speed Rack. Most recently, she won the USBG World Class US 2018 competition, sponsored by Diageo, and placed 3rd at the World Class global finals in Berlin.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, March 26

3:00pm PDT