John deBary

John deBary

John deBary is a New York City bartender, writer and consultant with more than a decade of experience working in award-winning bars and restaurants. He writes for and other leading publications. 


deBary began bartending in 2008 at the James Beard Award-winning cocktail bar PDT, and later became the bar director for Momofuku, where he worked from 2009 to 2018. While there, he trained countless bartenders and servers and helped to open 10 restaurants, each with its own unique bar program.

In addition to writing for, deBary served as deputy editor of the annual Food & Wine cocktail book from 2011 to 2015, and his work has appeared in Bloomberg Pursuits, GQ, Lucky Peach, Munchies, and The New York Times. Most recently, he created Proteau, a non-alcoholic aperitif. His first book, "Drink What You Want," is due out in summer 2020.  

Awards and Publications




deBary has a bachelor’s degree in East Asian languages, literature and linguistics from Columbia College at Columbia University. 

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