Rising Star Mixologist David Thor Newman of Pint + Jigger - Biography
A self-taught mixologist turned bar manager, David Newman began his career at a Los Angeles catering company in 1990, honing his craft all over the map, from El Jara in Cardiz, Spain, and national bartender trainer for The Cheesecake Factory, to Nobu Malibu and eventually Nobu Waikiki and Pint + Jigger (of which he is owner). Trained under Scotty McGregor, Newman’s self-described “vagabond” style means he'll find inspiration anywhere he wanders, including—and especially—the restaurant kitchen pantry and the local farmers market. Newman is a self-professed obsessive about the seasonal, but also for classical drinks with small, local twists. Though perhaps his greatest joy is the on-the-spot creativity of the bespoke cocktail, drinks that are original and designed with the single customer seated in front of me in mind.
Beyond working the busy bar scene at Nobu (which he left in 2012), Newman soon plans to start BAR&D, a pop-up bar of the modern speakeasy style. And when he’s not mixing, Newman’s busy with responsibilities as president of the United Stated Bartenders Guild, Hawaii chapter. He is now working at Pint + Jigger, a modern gastropub in Honolulu with a constantly evolving food, beer, and cocktail menu. It is there that he added cocktails on tap and a rotating sous vide cocktail program, in which he "slow cooks" cocktails, continuing his quest to push the boundaries behind the bar and what is means to be a true barman.