Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Bryan Holmes {Davio’s Southern Steakhouse}

Photo by Gannon via Twitter @MSquaredPR
Today I headed to Buckhead to meet with Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse bartender, Bryan Holmes. This Saturday, Bryan will be competing in Highball, the High Museum of Art’s first ever mixology competition. This Atlanta native, comes to the competition with 21 years of bartending under his belt. He started his road to mixologist, at Ippolittos, when someone didn’t show up for work and was asked to fill in. 21 years later Bryan is representing Davio’s in a most epic competition on February 18th.

During my visit Bryan made me The B & B, a cocktail he made on the fly when PR reps came into the restaurant requesting a cocktail for National Ice Tea Month. It was so good it was added to the menu. You can’t go wrong with whiskey, basil, blueberries, and ice tea!  Delicious!!

Bryan’s Highball cocktail is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. You don’t want to miss it! Grab a ticket before they’re sold out!


Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

5am and then 8:30am. 

What did you have for dinner last night?

Kale & Sausage Soup and a Sushimi   Bowl

1st alcohol that touched your lips.


Describe your job in one word.


Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Edgar Allen Poe

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato chips

Coffee or Tea?


What’s your mixologist superpower?

Cocktail that represents Atlanta.

Old Fashioned 

If you could bath in any liquid besides water, what would it be?

Coconut Water

Farthest place you’ve traveled.

St. Barts 

Last song stuck in your head.

Stand Up by Ludacris.

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

What color is your toothbrush?

Favorite menu item at Davio’s.

Veal Tenderloin 
Best midnight snack.

Anything at Octopus Bar

5 words to describe yourself.

Indulgent, Generous, Athletic, Bashful, Witty 

Advice for aspiring bartenders.

Ask if you don’t know. Put everything back in its place.




What: Highball

Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm


Private Happy Hour with Patrón and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Last night, Atlanta Food Bloggers were invited to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse for private happy hour. Patrón representatives were on hand to educate us on their new tequila, Roca Patron. Roca Patron is their handcrafted tequila made using pressed two ton volcanic stone. This tahona process is used for a unique flavor profile. Our tasting included: Roca Patrón Silver, Roca Patrón Reposado, and Roca Patrón Añenjo. In addition to the tasting we were also able to try a cocktail made with all three tequilas.


Davio’s Restaurant was generous in providing bites from their Vegan Appetizer Menu. I really enjoyed them all. I will definitely be back for more!




Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
3500 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326