PHOENIX, AZ — “Wait, I went where?” Phillip Donovan responded, when a coworker asked for advice on an upcoming trip to Portland, Oregon for Portland Cocktail Week.
Phillip, a Tucson native, moved to Phoenix in 2014 to pursue a business degree at the University of Phoenix-Arizona. He has since graduated, but can’t seem to peel himself away from the industry that got him through — hospitality. Specifically on the bar side, he prefers to work in cocktails.
Over the past couple years, he has made a lifestyle out of attending every educational event he can because, as the words wrapping around his barspoon tattoo indicate, you should “never stop learning.”
“I seriously don’t remember being there at all.” he said, struggling to offer tangible advice to his coworker. “Was it San Antonio or Guadalajara that I did Goodbye Horses karaoke with Patron? Maybe that one was PDXCW?”
His coworker Cal, 23, is new on the bar scene and very eager to dip her toe into the tepid pool of bartender education. “Phil has been everywhere. He knows everybody! I can’t wait to meet his friends,” we overheard her saying after Phillip offered to send a few text message introductions.