Mixologist Giuseppe González of Suffolk Arms - Biography

New York, NY

September 2016

Giuseppe González has bartending in his blood. He’s a third generation barman with a drink-slinging family history dating back to the 1950s. More than a decade ago, González moved to New York from Puerto Rico to attend Cornell University. He earned a degree in neurobiology, but couldn’t resist the urge to get behind the stick. Throwing all of his neuro-energy into a full-blown mixology career, González has made a name for himself in the New York City cocktail world.

He was the head bartender at Julie Reiner’s Flatiron Lounge and at her beloved Brooklyn endeavor, Clover Club. Gonzalez also worked as lead barman at Sasha Petraske’s Dutch Kills in Long Island City, where he mixed classically-based cocktails in 19th century saloon-style digs.

González is a graduate of the BAR educational program, as well as the champ of several national cocktail competitions. He was invited to participate in the Martin Miller’s Gin Master’s competition (representing the winning USA team), as well as the USA Tiki team at UK Rumfest/London Cocktail week. Additionally, he was honored by Sauza Tres Generaciones, Plymouth Gin, and Ketel One as one of New York’s best bartenders.

After the short but influential runs of Gonzalez’s cocktail bars Painkiller and Golden Cadillac ended, he was poised to open his dream project—the Lower East Side’s Suffolk Arms. The bar’s ethos stems from a quote by legendary New York Mayor Ed Koch, “Many People thought that New York City’s great days were over … My attitude was, Fuck ’em.”