Best Bartender

Tyler Hudgens
Find Tyler Hudgens at The Dabney shaking and stirring drinks that are not only beautiful but brainy. To fit the Shaw spot’s mission of celebrating the Mid-Atlantic’s past and present, Hudgens creates concoctions featuring prominent local products. “The Commander of the Isle,” for example, contains Virginia Distillery’s single malt whisky, Laird’s Applejack, Millstone Oud Plum cyser, and bitters made from wood from the restaurant’s hearth. She also comes up with cocktail ideas by “shopping” in the kitchen’s walk-in refrigerator and says she thinks of cocktails as “a picture frame that goes around an ingredient or a historical concept” she’s trying to highlight.