Team Cocktail

Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon
Bartender, Educator, Buyer
Sean Kenyon

Sean Kenyon was born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation Bar Man, his Grandfather, Mother and Father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930's. At age 68, his father, Robert, is still behind the bar in Hackensack, NJ. 

Sean Kenyon is a third generation Barman, his Grandfather, Mother and Father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930's. Over the course of his 33-year bartending career, Sean has managed bars and cocktail programs in New Jersey, Texas and Colorado and consulted on several national programs. In 2011, he realized a lifelong dream and opened Williams & Graham in Denver, CO. And in 2015 Williams & Graham was listed as one of the “World’s Top 50 Bars” By Drinks International magazine. National media such as Food & Wine Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Playboy, USA Today, 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 partner, Todd Colehour opened Occidental, a casual companion to Williams & Graham. Occidental has since been honored as one Esquire Magazine’s Best Bars in America (2016) and Playboy Magazine’s Top Ten Bars (2016). And, in 2018, Sean opened American Bonded a two level whiskey bar in Denver’s ballpark neighborhood. Since 2012, Sean has also been working with Liquid Productions executing large-scale events, educational seminars and cocktail competitions (amongst several other projects). He feels blessed to be able to make a career out of something he loves so giving back to his community has always been a top priority. He works with several local Denver charities.  

Certifications / Education
Beverage Alcohol Resource BAR Ready graduate
USBG Certified Spirits Professional 

Awards / Recognition
Denver Magazine 2009 Mixologist of the Year
Domaine De Canton Bartender of the Year global competition 2010 Winner
James Beard Outstanding Beverage Program Semifinalist 2013-2014
Esquire Magazine Top Bars 2013 – Williams & Graham
Esquire Magazine Top Bars 2016 – Occidental
Food & Wine Magazine Best Bars 2012 – Williams & Graham
Playboy Magazine Top 10 Bars in America 2016 - Occidental
World’s Top 50 Bars 2014 – Williams & Graham
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2013 Best American Bartender Finalist
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014 Best American Bartender Winner
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2015 Best American Cocktail Bar Winner - Williams & Graham
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014-2017 Best American Bar Team Finalist Williams & Graham
Nightclub & Bar Bartender of the Year 2014
Nightclub & Bar Cocktail Bar of the Year 2013 – Williams & Graham