Over a 25 year career in the hospitality industry, working across many different areas, Naren’s skills have taken him around the world in various capacities: from training bartenders to consulting and tending bar at some of the world’s finest cocktail establishments in Sydney, London and New York. Naren was once ‘The Cocktail Guy’ for the Avroko Hospitality Group in New York, creating and overseeing the cocktail programs at all five of their US properties. At the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in July of 2013, their flagship venue Saxon + Parole was crowned the ‘World’s Best Restaurant Bar’, under Naren’s guidance. It won the same award in 2016.
Naren is also a well-respected and widely published food and drinks journalist who was nominated four times as one of the top four drinks writers in the world at those same Tales of the Cocktail Awards, held every year in New Orleans. Naren now spends much of the year travelling internationally, speaking at most of the world’s biggest bar shows, giving masterclasses to bar professionals and judging various global cocktail competitions.
When he’s not on the road, you will find him regularly tending bar at his own establishment, Dante, which originally opened in 1915 in New York’s historic Greenwich Village. In its first year under the new ownership, Dante was ranked the 34th Best Bar in the World. In 2016, Dante was also a final four nominee in the Tales of the Cocktail Awards for Best New American Cocktail Bar, while Naren himself was again a finalist for American Bartender of the Year and Drinks Writer of the Year. He continues to stay up way past his bedtime drinking Negronis, Guinness, cheap red wine, over-priced Champagne that he can’t afford and high-end tequila.