Rising Star Mixologist Drew Levinson of Wirtz Beverage Group - Biography

Las Vegas, NV

November 2011

Drew Levinson joined the beverage industry immediately following after graduating from Skidmore College in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration. Before entering the business world, he began working as a bartender at the Hard Rock Café in Aspen, Colorado.

Over the course of the next several years, Levinson helped manage and open various dining establishments and nightclubs throughout Aspen including Gusto Ristorante, The Lava Room and Jimmy’s Restaurant and Bar. It was at Jimmy’s that Levinson’s love for bartending and the beverage industry grew. Drew enjoyed the thrill of opening the restaurant/bar each night and being part of something that “was never boring” and consistently presented new and different challenges. He knew this was the career path for him.

In 2001, Levinson was given an experience that would change his life. He began to travel and work with Steve Olson from New York, recognized in the beverage world as the ‘Wine Geek.’ Olson is best known in the industry for his cutting edge beverage training and restaurant consulting, having designed innovative beverage programs for several nationally acclaimed restaurants. Over the next few years, Olson showed Levinson a world where one could take his passion and build it into a career. In 2003, Levinson moved to Atlantic City where he helped open Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa as a key member of their beverage team. After a year in New Jersey, he headed west to Las Vegas to the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio as Beverage Manager.

He is currently the Director of Beverage Development at Wirtz Beverage Group, consulting for the group's high-end Vegas clients.