Paul Calvert

Most mixologists skew heavily toward flash and fashion, but Calvert concocts libations that blend tradition and innovation with a splash of intuition. He’s the kind of bartender to whom we can say, “I’d like something interesting made with bourbon,” and he’ll hand over a liquid wonder spiked with ginger beer, citrus, and bitters that sates our cravings precisely. His 2011 summer move from rowdy Sound Table to the more relaxed (and recently renovated) bar at Pura Vida allows his talents to shine more than ever. For an easygoing introduction to Calvert’s style, start with a glass of his rummy, not-too-sweet Planter’s Punch.