Rising Star Mixologist Josh Harris of Trick Dog - Biography

San Francisco, California

August 2014

If many a lawyer finds him or herself in front of the bar, Josh Harris is the would-be lawyer who ended up behind it. Well before he got into mixology, Harris had plans to pursue a career in law, the family business. Fortunately for Harris (and anyone enjoying the fruits of his truer calling), his stint as an underage barback during his first summer break from the University of San Francisco made an impression. Combine that with an industry siren call too powerful to ignore, and Harris almost had no choice but to make the definitive leap into the deep end of a cocktail life.

He worked his way through San Francisco’s burgeoning restaurant scene, with gigs at restaurants such as Ana Mandara, Postrio, Palmetto, and Pier 23. When Harris met Scott Baird at an event at 15 Romolo, a professional partnership and beverage brain-trust was born. With a clear chemistry and collective imagination, Harris and Baird not only resuscitated 15 Romolo, they earned it placement on Esquire’s 2010 “Best Bars in America” list.

Defining the age of the independent mixologist, Harris took the natural next step, co-founding Bon Vivants with Baird in 2009, creating a coast-to-coast national cocktail consultancy that quickly earned the duo a reputation. Anticipation was high when they opened their own spot, Trick Dog, back in San Francisco in 2013. It has since become a city staple and beacon for craft cocktails nationwide and earned the pair a 2013 StarChefs Rising Star Mixologist Award. The Bon Vivants continue to expand their scope and influence with the planned opening of their retail space, General Beverage Co.