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Chris Bostick

Half Step
Austin, Texas
Originally from Austin, Texas, Chris Bostick began his career behind the bar slinging cans of beer and margaritas over 15 years ago. He initially started in the industry in what he calls “the old fashioned way,” by washing dishes and bussing tables in high school, which led to prep work in the kitchen, day bar shifts on Sundays and the rest is history.

Chris has lived and worked in New York City, honing his craft at such establishments as Mirezi, Blue Water Grill, and Zocalo. After his stint in NYC, Chris moved back to Austin, where he took charge of the bar program at Fonda San Miguel. In 2007, Chris headed west to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Chris was a very active member of the cocktail community and an integral part in re-establishing LA as legitimate destination for cocktails. Chris has worked at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and was the General Manager of The Varnish in downtown LA. In 2012 The Varnish was named Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, held annually in New Orleans. The Varnish under his direction has also received multiple nominations for Best World Cocktail bar.

Chris has been mentioned in the NY Times, LA Times, LA Weekly, Qantas Magazine, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover and most recently Esquire TV’s Best Bars in America. In 2009, Chris earned his Bar Ready status from the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource Five Day Seminar in New York City. He is also a proud member of The Tequila Interchange Project and cherishes any chance he gets to head down into Mexico. In addition to also being a consultant, helping out with brand development and special events across the country, he loves bringing joy to others and finds that making guests happy with genuine hospitality is an intensely personal experience that never gets old. When creating environments, Chris wants it done with passion, zero pretense, and “one big ass smile.”

Currently Chris can be found back in Austin with his lovely wife Kristin, fulfilling his dream of starting a family and owning his first bar, Half Step.

My Personalities Sessions

Wednesday, July 15

10:30am CDT