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Nine of the best Southern bartenders you should be following on Instagram

9 Southern bartenders you should be following on social media

Mixologists and bartenders across the South are stirring up some of the most innovative and sophisticated cocktails. We found some of the best Southern bartenders who are showing off these magnificent cocktails on social media. Add some color and alcoholic inspiration to your feed by following these bartenders.

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Bob Peters

Bob Peters, The Punch Room, The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina

The head bartender at The Punch Room loves showing off his creations on social media. Peters is adventurous and has garnished his drinks with everything from homemade strawberry leather to Italian black burgundy truffle. Peters also makes various appearances on his Instagram showing off his skills shaking, stirring and pouring cocktails. 

Follow him on Instagram & Twitter.

Melisa Lapido

Melisa Lapido, Lead bartender at Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida

Melisa’s Instagram is full of vibrantly colored cocktails that look too pretty to drink. This Argentinian “Intoxicologist” is a fan of using creative garnishes and techniques to take her creations to the next level. Her detailed explanations show exactly what ingredients to use in each drink, including specific brands of liquor. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Miles Macquarrie

Miles Macquarrie, Kimball House in Atlanta, Georgia

Before opening up Kimball House, Macquarrie stirred up cocktails around Atlanta at hot spots like Holeman & Finch. On his Instagram you can find a mix of innovative cocktails from Kimball House and pictures of his family. 

Follow him on Instagram.

Elyse Blechman

Elyse Blechman, Brand Ambassador for the Macallan Whisky in Houston, Texas

Alcohol plays a big role on Blechman’s Instagram. The longtime Houston bartender headed in a new direction this past summer when she became brand ambassador for Macallan Whisky. When she’s not showing off Macallan Whisky, she captures fun events, supports her favorite bartenders and the adventures she has with her adorable dog. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Bobby Heugel

Bobby Heugel, Anvil Bar & Refuge and Tongue-Cut Sparrow in Houston, Texas

This Houston bartender loves showing off what he’s eating and drinking on his Instagram. Beautiful cocktails make an appearance here and there but you’ll also find snaps from Paris, Tokyo and Arizona. 

Follow him on Instagram.

Mercedes O’Brien

Mercedes O’Brien, Gunshow in Atlanta, Georgia

Mercedes is the creator of cocktails at Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Atlanta. “For the cocktail development at Gunshow, I draw daily inspiration from the chefs and the team’s personal lives,” says O’Brien. The cocktails she creates can be found on her Instagram along with what’s going on in her personal life. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Blake Pope

Blake Pope, Kindred in Davidson, North Carolina

Pope is the General Manager at Kindred and is constantly highlighting the restaurant’s latest craft cocktails on his Instagram. His photos are bright as he is a fan of using natural light in his photography. Pope also allows followers to take a peek into his life outside of the restaurant with candid snaps of travel, his home and his pets. 

Follow him on Instagram & Twitter.

Tiffanie Barriere

Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach in Atlanta, Georgia

For over seven years, Barriere ran the award-winning drink program at One Flew South in Georgia. Now she is headed into a new direction as a freelance bartender taking over the rest of Atlanta. “The Drinking Coach” is now partnering up with restaurants, chefs and even doing pop-ups around Atlanta. You can follow her journey on Instagram where she posts her latest concoctions and what’s going on in her life. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Erin Ashford

Erin Ashford, Olamaie in Austin, Texas

Ashford’s Instagram is full of fun candid pictures of cocktails and restaurant life at Olamaie. As bar manager, she shows pride in the attractive cocktails that the bar produces. Ashford also Instagrams pictures of some of the best food to eat in Austin.

Follow her on Instagram & Twitter.

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.