Chris Tunstall

A Bar Above

Chris Tunstall’s passion for mixology, oddly enough, began in a casino on a craps table in Vegas. Captured by the excitement of the most electrifying game in Vegas, he was somewhat disappointed when a move to Northern California took him far from the glittering lights and fast-paced lifestyle. Within a short time, he found himself home again in the Napa nightlife, having found a position as a bartender at an upscale hotel. The excitement of the bar also gave Chris an opportunity to find a new passion – mixology and cocktail creation.

Chris quickly found himself in leadership positions, managing beverage programs at some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the Bay Area including the General’s Daughter, the Girl and the Fig and most recently the Wayfare Tavern.

Inspired by the growing mixology culture and his own experience learning cocktail design “from scratch”, Chris founded A Bar in early 2013 to help train bartenders and enthusiasts on the latest, cutting edge techniques that are making their way through the beverage industry. In April 2014 Chris achieved one of his biggest professional dreams and released the “Mixology Certification Program,” a comprehensive training program teaching people how to create their own signature cocktails.

Chris currently works full time on A Bar Above, continuing to create educational materials and work in a consulting role with bars, restaurants, spirits brands and manufacturers.