Photo courtesy Nicholaus Clay

Meet one of our newer members, Nicholaus Clay. He has already made a splash in his first year in the USBG. He recently graduated from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Academy taught by Las Vegas mentor, Francesco Lafranconi, and was rewarded a scholarship to attend. Nicholaus exudes enthusiasm in almost everything that he does, and you can see him perform his craft at T-Mobile arena. 

Where are you from? 

One of Sin city’s finest! I am born and raised in Las Vegas!

What do you enjoy about the USBG?

Growth. The learning opportunities and networking opportunities are
bar none. 

What are some of your non-bar related passions. 

I love anime and I am infatuated with the culture.

Where do you like to drink?

Aside from my house, lol, Herbs and Rye. They are wizards!

What’s your favorite drink?

I love a perfectly made Margarita! Please don’t judge!  I’m such a retro chick! Lol

What is your approach to bartending?

I’m in the business of making people happy and making money for my company. The more knowledgeable I am about my craft and flawless on sticking my execution, the more happy I am. Making money is a benefit of this and it shows in its abundance. 

Photo courtesy Javier Ramirez

Since 2016, Javier Ramirez has become a staple of our chapter. It’s rare to find the convivial combination of knowledge, fun and desire to delight the guest. He always has the drink in mind, but never puts it before the experience.  You can see his jovial and passionate style of service, day and night at Mabel’s and The Golden Tiki.

Where are you from?

I’m from Mexico City but have been here for 20 years. 

What are the benefits of being a member of the USBG? 

I love the USBG because it is more than a group, it’s a family. Everyone cares about each other and tries to help each other to improve in our industry.

Where are your favorite watering holes?

I’d like to drink anything and everything under the sun. I am not very picky when it comes to drinks. Whether it’s something new I’ve never tried or it’s just a good old fashion shot and a beer, I like most of it!

What is your favorite drink to make?

My favorite cocktail to make is when a guest asks for the bartender’s choice, which is a special cocktail made specifically for that person. I love to see the look on their faces when they enjoy it. It’s probably my favorite part when creating a cocktail. 

How do you approach the craft?

To always come with an open mind and a positive attitude. I honestly love what I do. The hours I put in doesn’t really phase me. When you are in your happy place, it’s always a great time.

Fun fact: when I started in the bar as a bar-back, I worked an event with Tony Abou-Ganim, Dale Degroff, Salvatore and Francesco Lafranconi without having any idea who they were. Then I joined the USBG and found out that they were ROCK STARS and OG’s of the bar. Now I look up to them with respect and am proud learn to from them.