Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails

Free, Register Now!

We’re reprising one of our favorite salons from last season! Local A-list of bartenders and mixologists join us for a behind-the-bar glimpse at the science and stories behind the resurgent craft cocktail craze.

Note: Participants must register in advance for each Salon event.

Featured Panelists

Click here to read featured panelist bios!


5:50pm – Online stream opens
6:00 – Featured panelist conversation begins
7:00 – Closing remarks, questions, and farewells

How to Register for Zoom Salon

The Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails Live Stream is free to attend. Click here to complete registration form; a web link to join the Zoom live stream will be sent to you directly.

 Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Featured Panelists Bios


Julia Petiprin has over 19 years of bar and restaurant design and operations experience.  She is currently the CEO and Director of Operations for Homemakers Bar, a new casual craft cocktail bar and eatery in Cincinnati, OH and co-owner of Circle Hospitality Group, co-developer and former operator of Sundry and Vice, a highly successful OTR bar.

In just one year’s time Homemakers Bar has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today’s 10 Best,, and has won Best Bar/Restaurant of the year in OTR. Julia is a Cincinnati transplant by way of Los Angeles and has immersed herself into Cincinnati’s community with her love of cocktails, spirits, and the hospitality industry.  In just two and a half years, Julia established herself as one of the top bartenders and operators in the city.  She was voted ‘Best Female Bartender’ by City Beat two years in a row.  She was accepted into and completed the Bar 5-Day™ program, a prestigious spirits education in NYC. BAR® (the Beverage Alcohol Resource) holds the reputation as “the most trusted, comprehensive, innovative, and autonomous source of systematic information on distilled spirits and mixology in the beverage alcohol industry.” Last year she competed in Speed Rack, an all-female high-speed bartending competition designed to highlight up-and-coming woman in the cocktail industry and to give back to those effected by breast cancer and the Lux Row Bourbon Battle where she won the semi-final and got the opportunity to compete at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. As part of the Speed Rack community, she was able to be a part of Speed Rack Academy where she taught a virtual class on 2 and 3 ingredient cocktails and partnered with Four Roses Bourbon. Recently she was featured in the fifth edition of the Jack Daniels Black Book, a highly regarded book featuring up-and-coming bartenders that is an extension of the Tasting Panel magazine. Julia continues to push for the Cincinnati cocktail scene to get Regional and National recognition.

She was the interior designer on both Homemakers Bar and the Sundry and Vice project. Julia ran the beverage program at Sundry and Vice for the first four years of operations. Since opening in March of 2015, Sundry and Vice has garnered extensive local, regional, and national acclaim for its interior design and bar program.  Julia won the prestigious award for Best Overall Interior Design for 2015 at the Cincinnati Design Awards event.  Her Sundry and Vice design was featured in VMSD Magazine and Interior Design Magazine.  Its design and operation have also been featured in the New York Times,, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati City Beat, Cincinnati Refined, and numerous other local blogs and websites.


Mike Stankovich has worked in the bar and restaurant industry his entire professional life: as a cook, server, bartender, DJ, promoter, manager and owner. His passion for hospitality and the restaurant business evolved into a career while he was managing restaurants in Washington D.C., Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY.

After relocating to Cincinnati, OH in 2016 Mike was ready to take the next step and opened his own bar and restaurant called Longfellow. Longfellow was received and welcomed into the Cincinnati dining scene with high regard.

His philosophy of service is based in over two decades of experience and real-world application, Mike believes and practices a simple approach to this industry; trends come and go but, no matter what, good food, delicious drink and above all, genuine hospitality, are the principles that build a successful place in the restaurant industry.




Julie Niesen has been covering local food since 2008. Her award-winning blog, wine me dine me, has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Serious Eats, The Cincinnati Enquirer (and its former weekly, Metromix), WCPO Digital, City Beat, WCPO-TV, Fox19, and many more. She is a longtime resident of Over-the-Rhine, where she lives with her French bulldogs. She also owns an award-winning makeup and hair studio, BRIDEface, and consults.


Apr 21, 2021


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Free, registration required


Virtual program hosted on Zoom
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