Jack Bethel is the Assistant Food and Beverage Operations Manager for the Hotel Teatro and the Nickel restaurant in Denver Colorado. At the core of his philosophy he believes that there is “a drink for every disposition”, and encourages the Teatro team to excellence in service and hospitality, and personality without pretense.
A native to rural western Colorado, Jack got his start in bartending by breaking up fights, in an Iowa dive called C&D lounge at the tender age of 20. He has since worked in and managed cocktail bars, fine dining establishments, and everything in between. His custom cocktails have been served across the country at events including The James Beard House, Aspen Food & Wine, and with acknowledgements from Bon Appétit Magazine, 303 magazine, and earning Westword magazine’s 2016 Best Cocktail Program at The Squeaky Bean. When he’s not shaking drinks, Jack is often found dancing like an idiot, and brainstorming pun based band names such as his new klezmer-ska-punk concept, “Streetlight Manischewitz”.
Jack is also one of Denver’s premier amateur ornithologists, earning him the nick name, “The Beast of Birdin’”.
Jack’s best advice for any new bartender is simple: Live your career. Eat, drink, breath, and sleep hospitality. Every shift learn something new. When you close up, become more efficient. When you go home, read a book. When you go out, be observant. Be passionate, be adventurous, and be weird. And wear insoles. Your feet are important.