Rising Star Mixologist Matt Conway of Absinthe - Biography

San Francisco, CA

May 2013

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Matt Conway originally studied communications and education at the University of New Hampshire before spending time in Tokyo and Spain as an teacher. Returning to Boston, Conway subsidized his career by working as a server in restaurants and hotels. He enjoyed the industry and, coming from a family where great drinks were important, found himself drawn to the bar.The dreams of a California lifestyle led him to San Francisco in 2002, where he first worked as a server at Citizen Cake. When a bartender position opened, he jumped at the opportunity, thus beginning his career as a mixologist. His thirst for knowledge led him to begin playing with flavors as he began to create his own particular style of drinks. He then honed his skills as a part of the bar team at Nopa for four years.Conway joined the opening team of The Absinthe Group’s Comstock Saloon in 2010. He worked as one of the primary bartenders for co-owners Jeff Hollinger and 2007 Bay Area Rising Star Jonny Raglin until late 2011 before traveling throughout Europe for three months. Conway returned as bar manager of San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, where he earned a 2013 StarChefs Rising Star Mixologist Award. Wanting to make an impression on the city, Conway signed a lease in 2013 for his own space. He plans to keep the former locale, Marlana's Drag Bar, a neighborhood intuition with a strong emphasis on cocktails.