Rising Star Mixologist Duggan McDonnell of Cantina - Biography

San Francisco, CA

November 2011

2005 San Francisco Rising Star Mixologist Duggan McDonnell has been a fixture on the west coast beverage scene for over ten years. He was honored by Food & Wine as one of America ’s Best Mixologists, and also served as a Cocktail Designer for the Sundance Film Festival. McDonnell has an undeniable ease with guests and colleagues alike, an inventive spirit, and a knowledgeable, highly trained palate.

McDonnell has shaken up a number of San Francisco spots, including the Repastoria Satyricon, the bars at the Clift Hotel, and Mecca. Prior to his work in San Francisco, he tended bar at Wild Ginger in Seattle, the area’s foremost Pan–Asian restaurant. His depth of knowledge and love for beverage extends beyond the mixed cocktail. He has toured wineries, distilleries, and breweries throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Australia, and has also received Level One Certification in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Prior to focusing on a career in mixology, he served as a wine advisor for WinePro Services in Napa and Seattle, where he was responsible for selecting approachable, consumer-friendly wines for wholesale food centers, markets, and special events. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University and a candidate for an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, McDonnell is an avid writer. He also co-founded the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. Today he is the Mixologist at Cantina.