Born in Texas, Claire Sprouse has bartended, managed, and consulted at some of the country’s most well-known and awarded cocktail institutions in Houston, San Francisco and New York City. After studying art history in college and working in galleries, she began to bartend in Houston and found her calling. She has worked at ABVRickhouse and consulted on Bywater along with her business partner Chad Arnholt. Along with Arnholt in 2013, they formed Tin Roof Drink Community. Through their 25+ years of combined hospitality experience and pursuit of unique collaborations, they tackle the issues of sustainability within the industry. As leaders in this conversation, Tin Roof was honored with the industry’s first ever “Sustainable Spirit” award and the 2017 “Golden Spirit” educator award, both presented by Tales of the Cocktail. In 2019, Sprouse opened her first bar, Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn which has a full kitchen and serves food until 1am. On today’s episode we talk about her consulting work, finding her footing in Houston, the challenges of being the managing partner, how to find a space and how to secure a liquor license.

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