Armed with an exhaustive knowledge of cocktail lore, a penchant for holding court behind the pine and a reputation for shaking up unique, elegant-yet-funky twists on traditional drinks, Sabrine Dhaliwal has quickly established herself as a top-shelf talent recognized not just in her adopted hometown of Vancouver but the world over.
After coming to Vancouver in 2009, Sabrine enrolled in Vancouver Community College’s Hospitality Management Program and bolstered her wine knowledge by completing levels 1-3 of her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) diploma before helping to open Reflections Outdoor Restaurant and Lounge at the Hotel Rosewood Georgia in 2011.
In 2012, she further honed her knowledge of modern and classic cocktails by adding a Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) accreditation to her arsenal, while supporting the bartending team at the renowned West Restaurant, where she helped create an assortment of new seasonal cocktails and apprenticed under much-respected bartender David Wolowidnyk. The novice became the mentor herself in 2015 when she stepped into his shoes as bar manager at West before moving on in early 2016 to join another global bartending talent and mentor, Lauren Mote, as lead bartender at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar.
A banner year for the bartender, 2015 saw Sabrine claim top spot at the Global Belvedere Challenge in London, England — a two-day competition that coincided with World Martini Day and pitted top bartenders from North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia against each other — and win the inaugural Vancouver Molinari Sambuca Cocktail Competition.
Since moving to UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, she has taken the reins in March 2016 as Bar Managers, continuing to mentor apprentice bartenders, focus on wine education and guest experience.
Her peers and Vancouver Magazine recognized Sabrine’s hard work and efforts in 2017 when she was awarded Vancouver Magazines Bartender of the Year.