Alec Bales is lead bartender at the Ticonderoga Club in Inman Park, joining the staff as a server when it first opened in 2015. Bales started learning his mixology skills long before he was legally allowed to work behind a bar, so his classic yet distinct cocktails keep patrons coming back for more. We caught up with Alec for our Q&A and to get his groovy Spotify playlist.

Q. We know you make cocktails every night for patrons at Ticonderoga Club, but what’s your favorite drink?
A. I mostly drink beer and wine, but the occasional cocktail is probably an Americano. 

Q. You taught yourself some early bartending skills by watching YouTube videos, how does your training continue now that you’re working behind a busy bar?
A. Everyday behind a bar is different so I just try to stay flexible and challenge myself as often as possible.

Q. We don’t want you to cheat on Ticonderoga, but what are some of your other favorite places to drink around town?
A.The Porter in Little Five Points and Halfway Crooks in Summerhill.

Q. When you’re not behind the bar, what keeps you busy in the city?
A. Drinking coffee at Aurora and vintage shopping at Drugstore, the vintage shop in Little Five Points.

Q. What song or album has been on repeat lately? 
A. “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.