Cincinnati is now home to the best bartender in the country

‘It’s not just about having a drink and knocking it back,’ she says

Cincinnati now home to best bartender in U.S.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati is now home to the best bartender (slash bar owner) in the U.S.

Molly Wellmann was given the honor by the Nightclub & Bar Media Group.

“Last week they called me and said, ‘YOU WON! And you can’t announce it yet because we have to have our PR people put together something,’ and needless to say, I’ve been on top of the world all week,” Wellmann said.

Wellmann is the owner of Japp’s in Over-the-Rhine and Myrtle’s Punch House in East Walnut Hills. It takes just a few minutes in the same room as Wellmann to realize her passion for pouring cocktails.

“It’s not just about having a drink and knocking it back and that’s that,” Wellmann said. “It’s about having the story behind it and having something well crafted and I take such pleasure and pride in that.”

As a seventh-generation Cincinnatian, Wellmann says this is less about an individual honor for her and more about the attention it draws for her hometown.

“I’m very proud of that heritage and I’m very, very proud of this city,” Wellmann said. “I love its history, I love its stories, I love its character, I love its people and I think there’s a magic in Cincinnati that you can’t find in any other city.”

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