John started working in bars as a bar-back once he turned eighteen in the local bars of his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. His extensive bartending background would later have John mixing and serving drinks all over the world, from San Francisco to New York City, from England to Japan, and Southeast Asia. John’s passion in photography and music have taken him to over fifty countries, where he toured the world with some of the last two decades’ most influential punk rock bands.
On the West Coast, John worked at two very reputable bars in San Francisco: Mad Dog in the Fog and Club Deluxe. Working tirelessly at both venues, John learned everything he could from those around him and at Club Deluxe witnessed and participated in the rebirth of swing in the early 90’s. In 1995 John was asked to move to New York City to tend bar at the seminal East Village bar 2A.
After a few of years at 2A, John was asked to be one of the lead bartenders of a new East Village bar that was being opened by two New York City local rockers, Jesse Malin and Johnny T. That bar was Niagara, where, for thirteen years he tended bar, before assisting with the opening of Thistle Hill Tavern.
In addition to his work at Niagara, John has consulted on cocktail lists all over NYC, including the trendy Vig Bar in Nolita, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Otto Pizzeria e Enoteca in Greenwich Village, and the popular East Village bar and lounge Black & White.
John has also had the great fortune of touring the country and world with the likes of NOFX, Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, The Foo Fighters and the Vans Warped Tour. Whether John was touring as an independent photographer, selling merchandise, tending bar or just going along for the ride, John has eagerly soaked up every experience that he could, all of which makes him the guy that you want on the other side of a bar.
After years of traveling and building a strong personal reputation, John finally decided to open his own place with longtime friend David Massoni.
John lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife Angelica and is a diehard Yankees fan.