The Mixologist: Alex Day
If you’ve recently been on the receiving end of a classic daiquiri, a gin Bee’s Knees, or a perfectly executed martini, you’ve probably benefited from the inspiration of Alex Day, co-owner of Death & Co and Proprietors LLC. Like many people, Day started working in bars in college because he needed the cash, but it wasn’t until he graduated and “came to the realization that my plans for grad school were, well, stupid,” that he decided to make his watering-hole work a main gig. What followed was a boozy path to luring Dave Kaplan, founder of Death & Co, to his bar, so that he could convince the nightlife aficionado to give him a post at his revolutionary new establishment. As you might expect given Day’s title listed above, the plan worked.
While we love Day for his delectable drinks, we’re also enamored with his approach to business and his career. “If everyone is truly honest, creating something great only happens with a team. For me, having a business partner is vital — I get to work with someone who knows my strengths and weaknesses. I know his, and we get to build amazing things because we approach the same task from different angles.” Well, Mr. Day, you keep those hands busy, and we’re happy to guzzle whatever you’re mixing!
—Elizabeth Parks Kibbey
Hair by Jacquie Fetch, makeup by Mayera Abeita and Ali Magee.