2020 New York Rising Star Bartender Brian Evans of Sunday Hospitality

2020 New York Rising Star Bartender Brian Evans of Sunday Hospitality
November 2020

Brian Evans began his superstar career in beverage, but he wasn’t slinging the elaborate, head-turning cocktails for which he’s known at Sunday Hospitality. Born in Houston and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he started as a barista at Sweet Bay Coffee Company. Evans credits this experience for giving him the ability to multitask—entertaining guests while cranking out quality coffee. In 2010, he moved to Austin and helped open modern Thai restaurant Sway as a server, then bartender.

In 2015, Evan ventured to New York City and was eager to build a career in wine, but his first job was server at Danny Meyer’s Marta. While waiting tables, he became interested in classic New York cocktail culture and was moved behind the bar. Two years later, he joined Williamsburg restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn as the head bartender and later launched Snowday in Brooklyn, a seasonal holiday pop-up inside the Sunday in Brooklyn space. Now as director of bars for Sunday Hospitality, Evans is building one of the most fun and creative bar programs in New York and beyond. In addition to Sunday in Brooklyn, Evans designs the bar menu for Sibling Rival and Pilot inside The Hoxton DTLA and Greenpoint’s breezy yakitori restaurant, Rule of Thirds. On weekends, Evans can be found building Japanese-inspired, tropical cocktails in to-go cups for Rule of Thirds’ yakitiki program.