Bartender, Beverage Director, Owner

Julia Momose


About Julia Momose

I was born and raised in Japan. It was my mother who first introduced me to the notion of hospitality. She would entertain family guests with a meticulous appreciation for details, taking care to tailor our home to meet particular guests' needs. I have been in the service industry for over 10 years now. Until the start of 2017, I worked as the head bartender at GreenRiver Restaurant and Bar. During my time there, GreenRiver was awarded their first Michelin star! Currently, I have joined the team of Oriole Chicago to oversee their cocktail program, spiritfrees, and nonalcoholic pairings. Looking ahead to 2018, I am partnering with Noah and Cara Sandoval of Oriole to open a bar named Kumiko, a dream come true for me.

  • Mixologist of the Year
    Jean Banchet
  • Best New Mixologist
    Food & Wine Magazine

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  • Young Gun
  • 30 Under 30

Where I go out

At my venues