Episode 8: Matt Grippo, Shirley Brooks and the famous Venus Rose


Matt Grippo is the Bar Manager, bartender, and partner at Blackbird Bar in San Francisco’s Castro District. Matt knows the Bay area well – the people and their tipple picks! He loves experimenting with new flavors and concepts. Matt recently created a limited-edition, off-the-menu selection of cocktails inspired by Game of Thrones which was a huge hit! Matt’s all-time favourite cocktail is Eucharist (Nopa Bar).


In addition to dynamic bartending, Matt is actively into writing about cocktails and his experience on both sides of the bar. Most of all however, Matt is a dedicated Father! You’ve heard from the lovely Shirley Brooks in our fourth episode and now you get the whole family together.

Talking about San Francisco, Matt says, “Cocktails, beer, wine, amazing food — it has so much to offer I couldn’t ask for a better city to live an indulgent lifestyle. We are spoiled and I love it.”


We get into family life in the service industry. They touch on how the industry comes together and despite some hardship, how life is great!




Nickies Bar


West of Pecos

Beretta Bartending Series



Speed Rack

Bottom of the Barrell

Cold Drinks

Connect with them on Instagram: Bottom of the Barrell, Matt, & Shirley

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