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Boudreau Leaves Tini Bigs

Seattle’s most famous bartender will work on opening his own classic cocktail bar.

November 3, 2009

Do you tip more for a flaming drink than a bottle of beer?

Jamie Boudreau announced Monday that he will be leaving Tini Bigs, the Lower Queen Anne bar where he’s been working for the past year.

“Tini Bigs and I have decided to part ways as new management has decided to pursue the fun, kitschy cocktails that it did in the 90’s, which is not in line with my personal bartending philosophy,” Boudreau told me this morning. “It was an amicable split.”

“We are sort of adopting a ‘what’s old is new again’ philosophy,” said Dwayne Edwards, managing partner at Tini Bigs. “Jamie’s focus has always been on classic and obscure cocktails, and they have definitely been an asset to our cocktail program. We plan to keep several of his cocktails on the menu. But we also want to bring back the signature “’tinis” and the big cocktail book that our guests have come to know and love over the years.”

The move comes as little surprise to those familiar with the Canadian mixologist’s style. (Seattle Met’s James Ross Gardner wrote about the odd pairing this March.) When the Lower Queen Anne bar first hired Boudreau—who is probably Seattle’s best known bartender, thanks to an impressive amount of attention in both the local and national media—many expected Tini B’s to convert to a classic cocktail program. Instead it opted to maintain a list of novelty cocktails as well as the classic cocktails that Boudreau had mixed up at Vessel. On top of that, Boudreau was working at Tini’s just two nights a week, and the bar’s other bartenders sometimes struggled to recreate his concoctions.

“I will continue to look for investors/partners so that I will be able to open a small cocktail bar,” says Boudreau. “I’ll continue preaching the praise of Saint Germain and hopefully pick up the odd shift at bars around the city. I also foresee the possibility of some private cocktail classes/parties around the holidays.”

I’ll keep you posted on those.

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