Bartending is something of a family tradition among the men in the Kenyon family. Born in suburban New Jersey, both Sean Kenyon’s grandfather and father owned bars, but his dad not-so-secretly hoped that he might choose a different career path. Fast-forward 30-some years: Kenyon was awarded American Bartender of the Year by the Spirited Awards in 2014, his first bar Williams & Graham was awarded Best American Bar by the Spirited Awards in 2015, and he just opened a successful second bar right next door. Now a world-class bartender who runs world-class bars, it doesn’t seem like he will be changing careers anytime soon.
Because of this success, Kenyon is in high demand, attending industry events, teachingclasses and consulting at bars around the world. Luckily, we were able to catch up with him in between trips and ask about his success and future endeavors.