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Josh Saphier

Director of Beverage, Eighteen36

Josh Saphier has been bartending for more than a decade, in major  cities across the United States. Getting his start in Boston, he quickly learned the ropes and started his craft cocktail journey. Los Angeles was his next move and he tended bar at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills. This high end steak house saw A-list celebrities  nightly. His talent was quickly noticed and he took charge of the cocktail program. There, he created a standard craft cocktail menu in addition to a unique sake based cocktail list to pair with sushi offerings. During his five year tenure in Beverly Hills  Josh was profiled in The Tasting  Panel magazine and then in Jack Daniel’s Little Black Book for a cocktail he created for Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration.


His next move was to Portland, OR, where he worked at the hot spot lounge Departure, on top of The Nines Hotel and with celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet at the helm of the food program. Josh created Asian focused craft cocktails to pair with the Pan-Asian food offerings. That’s where he won a competition for Sage Hospitality  with his cocktail “The Layover” a concoction that  brought together both local ingredients and foreign elements from Japan.


In January of 2020 Josh relocated to Houston, TX, to help open  Eighteen36, a bar that honors its namesake. His craft cocktails that are themed to the history of the city have made this bar one of the most popular in the area. As Director of Beverage he assisted in the bar build out, created the cocktail program and trained  all bar staff. Since the bar’s opening Josh has been showcased in several magazines and newspapers including Uproxx, Houston Magazine, and the Jewish Herald Voice. He was also showcased on Houston Life, a television show for the local NBC affiliate. In October  of 2020 Josh won the Uncle Nearest Whiskey “Honor Your Legacy” cocktail competition. He was one of 12 nationwide winners creating a cocktail that used ingredients from four major cities where he’s bartended. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, he quickly  thought on his feet and created bottled craft cocktails and kits to help generate sales. He is now offering mixology classes in person and virtually.


You can also find him on Instagram and YouTube.

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Josh Saphier
Grandma's House
Josh Saphier
Old Sparky

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