Smuggler’s Cove Crew
Named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of six Bay Area bartenders “essential in defining cocktail culture here and across the country,” Martin and his original cocktails have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Magazine, Playboy, Sunset, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, 7x7, The Atlantic, GQ, Details, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, USA Today, Today Show, and more. Martin is a certified IBA Spirits Professional and member of the United States Bartenders Guild. He is also a passionate rum collector, having been to over seventeen distilleries in twelve countries. He is a tasting judge for rum competitions across the US, Europe and the Caribbean, and has conducted seminars at Tales of the Cocktail, The Hukilau, Bourbon and Branch’s Beverage Academy, Bartender’s Choice Awards in Stockholm, and Tiki Oasis.
Justin has been a loyal team member since day one, and manager since July 2010. When he’s not at the Cove, you can find him swingin’ and singin’ with Slim Jenkins.
Melissa has been in the restaurant business about 15 years. She has worked in kitchens and the front of the house as an expeditor, receptionist, host, cocktail server, manager, bartender, and bar manager all over the city, but bartending is what she likes the best. She was previously a bartender at Trader Vic’s San Francisco shaking, blending, and stirring up lots of fun and tasty rum libations.
Marco has spent over a decade at the forefront of the San Francisco cocktail scene. He created the cocktail program at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in 1997 and has worked in many of the city’s finest watering holes including Stars, Bourbon & Branch, Tres Agaves, and Harry Denton’s Starlight Room. In 2009, he was recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle Bar Stars. Most recently he created the beverage program for the Michael Mina Clock Bar in the historic Westin St. Francis. Marco was one of the founding members of the San Francisco Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, and has represented the United States at the Beefeater International Bartenders Competition in Barcelona and the PanAmerican Cocktail Competitions in Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Marco is a partner in H.M.S. Cocktails, a beverage catering service specializing in experimental cocktails.
Steve has been bartending at some of San Francisco’s top spots since 1998. He is a collector of natty hats and pretty women.
Dr. Dane Barca has been bartending for many years, and prior to the Cove was the Bar Manager at BBC in Menlo Park. He holds a doctorate from UC Riverside and is currently a JD Candidate at UC Hastings, so do not question him.