Jeff Burkhart, better known as “Jeff the Barfly”, has been a bartender and writer in the Bay Area for more than 20 years and the resident Martini Master at Great Chefs and Wineries for the last four. Jeff was born in Monongahela rye country- Western Pennsylvania. Moving to California with his family, he grew up in Berkeley during the protests and the protest music of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
After putting himself through college by working for various Bay Area venues, such as the restaurant at the Lark Creek Inn and Uncle Charlie's Nightclub, Jeff opened his own nightclub called Faultline Nightclub in San Rafael. It was here that many legendary musical artists such as Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Steven Adler (Guns and Roses), the Cherry Popping Daddies and Third Eye Blind became regulars.
For his bartending career, he has been voted “Best Bartender” twice, by the readers of the Bohemian (2007) and the Marin Independent Journal (2017). While well praised for his accomplishments behind the bar, Jeff is also a veteran writer on all things rock-and-roll, cocktails and the musings of life.
In early 2006, Jeff began writing his weekly Barfly column for the Marin Independent Journal. He is also the author of, Twenty Years Behind Bars (2014), and three sets of Knowledge Cards. His second book, Twenty Years Behind Bars: Parole Denied (the spirited adventures of a real bartender) will be out this summer.
Buy your tickets for Great Chefs and Wineries and enjoy masterfully mixed martinis and good ‘old-fashioned’ rock-and-roll knowledge.