When Gavin Kaysen came to town, guns a-blazin', he wanted to know who was at the tippy-top of their game to recruit for his little restaurant, Spoon and Stable. Not for nothing did he pluck Robb Jones to wield the golden shakers. Jones: encyclopedic memory for names and preferred cocktails, a chef's wizardry behind the cocktail bullet (he has a culinary background), and, total mensch. A good bartender is really only one thing — a host. Pro drinkers know that pro drink-slingers are what make the bar the bar. You got a good barman and he flips the bird to his employer? You follow him, bar be damned.