Mixologist Jim Meehan of Mixography, Inc. - Biography

Portland, OR

September 2015

With a justifiable reputation as a thinker, perfectionist, savvy businessman, and writer to boot, Jim Meehan’s made his mark on cocktail culure. But he didn’t start out with a proverbial silver stirring spoon in his cocktail glass. Long Island Iced Teas and Alabama Slammers were the name of the game when Meehan began his bartending career in 1995 as a student at the University of Wisconsin.

In 2001, he moved to the finer cocktail climes of New York, where he honed his skills in fine dining and developed his palate at Five Points and Pace. Three years later, he showcased his budding talents behind the bar at both Gramercy Tavern and Audrey Saunder’s Pegu Club, and in 2007, he was named a StarChefs Rising Star Mixologist.

PDT has received numerous awards with Meehan at the helm, including a 2009 Spirited Award for “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” at Tales of the Cocktail and a 2012 “Outstanding Bar Program Award” from the James Beard Foundation. In 2011, the bar published its James Beard Award-nominated The PDT Cocktail Book, solidifying Meehan’s stature and influence.

Mixing things up, Meehan left New York and brought his cocktails with him out west to Portland, Oregon, where he operates a consulting firm, Mixography Inc. He has joined former PDT cohort Sean Hoard at the Stray Dog pop-up at Big Trouble Bar, released a PDT cocktail app, and landed a book deal with Ten Speed Press. His book, Meehan’s Manual,  is set for release in 2016.