Q&A with Best Bartender Finalist Chris Gann

We are so excited to announce that the results of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of the Best awards are in! In addition to taking home the award for Best Greek Restaurant for the 10th year in a row, we were also selected as a Finalist for Best Dessert and Finalist for Best Bartender: Chris Gann.

To celebrate these great honors, we sat down with Chris to learn more about him and his position behind the bar at Acropolis.

Q: How long have you worked at Acropolis?
A: I have been a bartender at Acropolis for a little over 3 years now. I have grown a lot and enhanced my skill set considerably since joining the team in April of 2014. It felt like a natural fit for me. I enjoy the laid- back, relaxed atmosphere.

Q: How many years of experience do you have bartending?
A: I have worked as a bartender on and off for over 17 years in several casual dining restaurants in the area. I’ve taken some breaks along the way, but bartending is something that I have always been drawn back to.

Q: What are your favorite aspects of the job?
A: The people are by far the most enjoyable part of my work. I enjoy coming in each day and talking to people. I enjoy catching up with customers, meeting new faces and spending a few minutes getting to know each guest. I also really love experimenting with new drink recipes and putting a twist on classic cocktails. I also take a lot of pride in crafting Old- Fashioneds and Manhattans. Whiskey and Bourbons are among my favorite liquors to use in crafting drinks.

Q: How do you feel about being selected as a finalist for the best bartender in Chattanooga?
A: I am honored and excited to be selected for this award, especially in a city filled with some great bartenders. I have a great job and love to being paid to do what I enjoy most. I am beyond grateful for the support I have received.

Q: Do you have any upcoming plans for the bar?
A: Nick and I have been busy working on new bar menus that will be rolling out soon. Additionally, I have been creating new signature drinks. I am hoping to offer a bourbon tasting soon.

Q: Where can we find you in your spare time?
A: When I’m not behind the bar, you can find me in the stands, cheering on my boys. I have 2 boys, ages 9 and 14 and enjoy watching them play baseball, football and basketball.

Chris, along with the entire Acropolis team would like to thank you for your votes and loyalty. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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