Rachael Robbins knew there was another life beyond the farm, so she packed her bags and left Putnam County for New York where she absolutely fell in love with bartending. Maybe that’s because her first job was at the Limelight in Chelsea.
She was no stranger to the ways of the world--she had moved to Australia with her family and graduated from high school in Sydney. Studies continued in New York at Hunter College, only to be drawn to South Beach and Florida’s very trendy bar scene of the moment. She was soon working at nightclubs like The Living Room, KGB, and the notorious Chris Paciello's Liquid.
Rachael packaged her experience and returned to New York working in popular high volume, massive venue clubs. She left for Los Angeles to work for night club legend, Ivan Kane. Ten years later she was back in Atlantic City designing Ivan’s cocktail program for his newly renovated burlesque club, Royal Jelly.
With partner Brian Dowling of Jersey City’s acclaimed Dullboy fame, Rachael opened her own cocktail lounge on the waterfront at Paulus Hook. At The Draper, Rachael was pouring all her bar experience into an amazing cocktail program with natural mixology skills emerging. Rachael continues to share her expertise running Chickologist, a cocktail consulting company for bars, restaurants and hip venues
Rachael brings a global mixology program to Somos, tailoring drinks to the neighborhood by adding some pretty surprising instagrammable elements to her cocktails. Her drink of the moment is anything with aged rum. It could be in an Old Fashioned or a Rum Negroni. She is intrigued by South American spirits and infusing regional brands into the bar program.
Strong family ties endure as she enjoys quality time back in Putnam County where she also enjoys antiquing, flea markets and thrifting for treasures. Lavishing her passion for interior decorating at home, she compensates at work by garnishing cocktails creating eye candy. Beyond the bar, Rachael gathers impressions absorbing so much of what life offers and adapting a bit more to the cocktails she serves.
Back home in Jersey City, Rachael may start her evening with a martini and cap the night off with a glass of anything sparkling, perhaps champagne. As the farmer’s daughter toasts life.