Philip Ward was born and mostly raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He wound up in New York City via chance, a plane ticket to Rome, and four months in Europe and Africa. He stumbled into the Flatiron Lounge and the until then unknown world of cocktails in June 2003 under the tutelage of Julie Riener. Hired as barback he quickly became enamored with the drink making process and became obsessed once promoted to bartender.
He would spend three years at Flatiron the latter time as head bartender leaving eventually to help open the Pegu Club with Audrey Saunders where he again served the latter portion of his time as Head Bartender. Seeking something smaller, more intimate, and the chance to run his own program in January 2007 he jumped ship to open and run the beverage program what has become the renowned Death and Company in New York.
After a little over two years of service there and again seeking a new venture or frontier he opened the much anticipated Mayahuel in New York City, the first Tequila/Mezcal cocktail bar which Philip owns and operates.
Philip has consulted and helped open bars around the country including Tequilas in Philadelphia, Watermark in Asbury Park, Craft and Commerce in San Diego, and for the entire Auberge Hotel group.
He was nominated for Bartender of the Year three years in a row at Tales of the Cocktail where Mayahuel won Best New Bar in World and Death and Company won Best American Bar this past July.
In late 2009 along with the talented Katie Stipe (Flatiron, Mayahuel, Clover Club, Vandaag) he officially started his consulting venture
Last Call Consulting wishing to help discerning palates in New York and beyond.
For reading material just google, Philip has been featured in many pertinent rags, subscriptions, cocktail books, and even had a TV appearance (That’s how bad TV is these days!). He will also be featured in his own chapter for this year’s Food and Wine Cocktail book.
He lives in Brooklyn with the woman he loves and his perpetually hungry cat Ralph. In his minimal bit of spare time he is a voracious reader, a bad writer, and worse painter.