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Renee Griego
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Renee Griego

Lead Bartender @ Vaca

Renee is a self proclaimed whiskey woman, sherry slut, spritz bitch and baijiu babe. Meaning she is above all else, a booze enthusiast. She is a seasoned bartender with over 20 years experience and is a certified BAR 5 graduate. 


Renee combines her love of travel, education and cooking as inspiration for her cocktail creations. Every cocktail she creates has a story or memory attached to it, making each one personal and unique. She believes that bartending is about creating an exciting and memorable experience for her guests and hopes that this is reflected in her drinks.


Renee has been featured in The Tasting Panel Magazine, Jack's Black Book and The District Magazine. She is also one of the few American bartenders who has traveled to China with the sole purpose of learning about her new favorite spirit, Baijiu. It has become somewhat of an obsession now.


She is currently the lead bartender at Vaca restaurant in Costa Mesa, where her cocktails display a distinctive and original point of view in this ever growing industry.

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