Efrain R. at R House Wynwood has won Best Bartender in Miami!

His skills haven’t gone unnoticed. He received many compliments from customers on R House’s Facebook page. 

“The bartender Efrain brings it. If you want a carrot in your drink, he will put it there. Awesome happy hour deals,” wrote a reviewer.

When contacted by SFGN for comment he was shocked to have won.

“What an amazing accomplishment it was to be nominated Best Bartender in Miami. But the fact that I won? I’m over the moon!” he said.

Efrain, 31, left his job of eight years as an Operations Manager because “I was no longer happy doing what I loved.” That’s when he applied to work at R House Wynwood. He started off as a busser.

“Within a year I moved up to a Food Runner and Barback. After the Pandemic in 2020, a few returned back to R House, me being one,” he said. “A Bartender was needed, so I was thrown behind the bar.”  

Rocco Carulli, owner and head chef of R House, taught him the basics of how to make drinks.  

“Fifteen months later I have learned a lot about this craft. I’m so passionate about it,” Efrain said.

Runner-up: Rome F. at The Gaythering

Check out the rest of the winners at SFGN's Best of 2021 Winners.