Meet gaz

Gaz Regangaz regan, the bartender formerly known as Gary Regan, is Bartender Emeritus at The Dead Rabbit in New York City where he used to pull 6 shifts a year.  Every year.  Before that, when he really worked for a living, gaz worked at joints in NYC such as The North Star Pub, Drake’s Drum, Ichabods, Rathbones, and various other questionable hostelries . . .


gaz wrote The Cocktailian, a regular column, for The San Francisco Chronicle from 2001 through 2014. His work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in the USA, and he has been published in magazines in the U.K., Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, and Switzerland.

gaz publishes five weekly newsletters that go out via email, and get posted to FaceBook and Twitter.  The newsletters reach over 50k bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts all over the world.


gaz’s first book, The Bartender’s Bible, was published in 1991, and between 1995 and 1998, together with Mardee Haidin Regan, he co-wrote The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskey, The Bourbon Companion, New Classic Cocktails, and The Martini Companion.

gaz wrote The Joy of Mixology in 2003, the Bartender’s GIN Compendium in 2009, and The Cocktailian Chronicles: The Professor Years, Volume 1, was published in June, 2010. Three editions of  gaz regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders have been published since 2011, and gaz’s 101 Best New Cocktails is an book published annually that bartenders all over the globe await eagerly each year.  A list of gaz’s books still available can be found HERE and  HERE

gaz also conducts Cocktails in the Country, a series of two-day bartender workshops, at Painter’s Tavern in Cornwall on Hudson, NY.  He has trained bartenders from top cocktail bars in New York, London, Bratislava, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and various other major cities all over the world.

gaz lives in the Hudson Valley, about 50 miles north-west of the Big Apple.  You can contact him at


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Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame  Inducted:  2004

Mindful Bartending: New York Times

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2008:  Best Cocktail Writer

2012:  Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

2013: Best Cocktail Writing


1991 : The Bartender’s Bible

1995 : The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys (with Mardee Haidin Regan)

1998 : The Martini: A Postcard Book (with Mardee Haidin Regan)

1998 : The Bourbon Companion (with Mardee Haidin Regan)

1999 : The Martini Companion (with Mardee Haidin Regan)

2002 : New Classic Cocktails (with Mardee Haidin Regan)

2003 : The Joy of Mixology

2009 : The Bartender’s GIN Compendium

2010 : The Cocktailian Chronicles: The Professor Years, Volume 1,

2011 : gaz regan’s annual manual for bartenders 2011

2012 : gaz regan’s annual manual for bartenders 2012

2012 : gaz regan’s 101 Best new Cocktails 2012

2013 : gaz regan’s annual manual for bartenders 2013

2013 : The Negroni: A gaz regan Notion

2014 : gaz regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails, Volume III

2015 : gaz regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails, Volume IV

2015 : The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita

2018: The Joy of Mixology, Revised and Updated