Sean Kenyon was literally born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation barman, his grandfather, mother and father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930's. Sean was raised in his family's pubs and while other kids wanted to be firemen or super heroes, he always wanted to be a Bartender. He first stepped behind the bar at the young age of 16 and has never left. Over the course of his 30-year bartending career, Sean has managed bars and cocktail programs in New Jersey, Texas and Colorado.
In 2011, he realized a lifelong dream and opened Williams & Graham in Denver, CO. In 2013 & 2014 the bar was nominated for a James Beard award for the nation’s outstanding beverage program. And in 2015 Williams & Graham was named as one of the World’s Top 50 Bars” By Drinks International magazine. National media such as CNN, Food & Wine Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Esquire have recently recognized his beverage programs.
At the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014, Sean was honored as the American Bartender of the Year. At the same award show in 2015, Williams & Graham was named American Cocktail Bar of the Year. In September 2015, Sean and his partners opened Occidental Bar, a casual companion to Williams & Graham. He works with several local Denver charities.
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