Owners Nannette & Sadie


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Nannette Taft and Sadie Smythe met at a festival in 2015. They fell in love immediately and six months later started Drink Slingers.

Both were in career transitions when they met and it just so happened that they were given an opportunity through a mentor to try their hand at event bartending. With Sadie's background in writing and event production and Nannette's background in international education, the two made the perfect complementary pair.

They had discovered that they both derived deep satisfaction by contributing to people's most special days –weddings, birthday parties and other meaningful celebrations– by imbuing the spirit of the celebration from behind the bar. As the company grows, so too does the bartender roster. But Nannette and Sadie are resolute in hiring only those who can uphold Drink Slingers' credo (borrowed from Maya Angelou)– "People will never forget how you made them feel". Because after all, it is love that makes everything go 'round.


The Drink Slingers


Justin is a Southern California native, and has traveled the planet for the majority of his adult life.

Justin is a Southern California native, and has traveled the planet for the majority of his adult life.

With an easy smile and a great pair of cowboy boots, Austin bartender and Drink Slinger Rose  commits to one thing: a ridiculously good time.

With an easy smile and a great pair of cowboy boots, Austin bartender and Drink Slinger Rose  commits to one thing: a ridiculously good time.

Ross is a Texas native who has called Austin home since 2003 and music is what drew him to the capital.

Ross is a Texas native who has called Austin home since 2003 and music is what drew him to the capital.

When Brian Shaw isn't slinging drinks and cracking jokes, he's the Creative Director of Nova Wolf Productions.

When Brian Shaw isn't slinging drinks and cracking jokes, he's the Creative Director of Nova Wolf Productions.

Austin Bartender Erin Mursch is as comfortable at a black tie affair as she is a backyard barbecue.

Austin Bartender Erin Mursch is as comfortable at a black tie affair as she is a backyard barbecue.

Drink Slinger Melissa is a Central Texas Mexi-Ameri-girl at heart who loves the San Marcos river and any body of water for that matter.

Drink Slinger Melissa is a Central Texas Mexi-Ameri-girl at heart who loves the San Marcos river and any body of water for that matter.

Nico was born and raised in the South of France but has been here in Austin since 1995. He loves music, food, wine and horses.

Nico was born and raised in the South of France but has been here in Austin since 1995. He loves music, food, wine and horses.

Amanda loves to shake one out at a good live show. She spends the rest of her time designing awesome jewelry (LEZAMA) ...

Amanda loves to shake one out at a good live show. She spends the rest of her time designing awesome jewelry (LEZAMA) ...

Annie is a hard-working and passionate service industry vet who wants to make your next get-together a hit!

Annie is a hard-working and passionate service industry vet who wants to make your next get-together a hit!

Born and Bred in Austin, Texas, this Southern Belle loves to have a good time.

Born and Bred in Austin, Texas, this Southern Belle loves to have a good time.

Things Aliya loves: Being around little kids, riding her scooter, teaching yoga, dancing in the daytime, and her pun is always intended.

Things Aliya loves: Being around little kids, riding her scooter, teaching yoga, dancing in the daytime, and her pun is always intended.

Erik is an Austin native with over a decade of experience bartending. When he isn’t slinging drinks, Erik is an Air and Ocean Import  ...

Erik is an Austin native with over a decade of experience bartending. When he isn’t slinging drinks, Erik is an Air and Ocean Import  ...

Crystal has been on the Drink Slingers team since its inception and has more than 10 years of bar service under her belt.

Crystal has been on the Drink Slingers team since its inception and has more than 10 years of bar service under her belt.

With nearly 10 years of experience with weddings and events in Australia, Mo (who is originally from New York) landed in Austin directly from the Land Down Under ...

With nearly 10 years of experience with weddings and events in Australia, Mo (who is originally from New York) landed in Austin directly from the Land Down Under ...

We think that Aryn just might be one of the coolest (and nicest) guys in town.

We think that Aryn just might be one of the coolest (and nicest) guys in town.

Liam is From Rochester, NY. where it is absolutely freezing, and the people suck. But he has lived in Austin for 3 years...

Liam is From Rochester, NY. where it is absolutely freezing, and the people suck. But he has lived in Austin for 3 years...

Bradford Scott Walton is a native Texan who currently resides in Austin. He’s partial to cowboy boots and wide brim hats ...

Bradford Scott Walton is a native Texan who currently resides in Austin. He’s partial to cowboy boots and wide brim hats ...

Theo Love hails from Houston, where he cut his teeth on auditorium and theatrical stages. He has proven to be prolific in a variety ...

Theo Love hails from Houston, where he cut his teeth on auditorium and theatrical stages. He has proven to be prolific in a variety ...

A resurrected cargo vessel, a masquerade, the top of a sky scraper, on a military cargo truck decorated as a sea monster ...

A resurrected cargo vessel, a masquerade, the top of a sky scraper, on a military cargo truck decorated as a sea monster ...

Miranda is an arranger, always looking for the perfect combination of things. She dislikes generalizations and finds joy and strength ...

Miranda is an arranger, always looking for the perfect combination of things. She dislikes generalizations and finds joy and strength ...

Jessica Ryan is Founder and Lead Coordinator for 3 Of Cups Weddings & Events, specializing in alternative clientele.

Jessica Ryan is Founder and Lead Coordinator for 3 Of Cups Weddings & Events, specializing in alternative clientele.

At home behind the bar in a New York City nightclub, Bre can really sling some drinks. When she's not serving up ...

At home behind the bar in a New York City nightclub, Bre can really sling some drinks. When she's not serving up ...

Wendy come s from a background of TV/film production and has worked in Marketing as a Digital Media Specialist for Shalom Austin since arriving from NY in 2008.

Wendy come s from a background of TV/film production and has worked in Marketing as a Digital Media Specialist for Shalom Austin since arriving from NY in 2008.

A UT graduate and former Peace Corps volunteer, Eric has lived in Austin off and on for over a decade. During the off years he lived in New Orleans, where he learned ...

A UT graduate and former Peace Corps volunteer, Eric has lived in Austin off and on for over a decade. During the off years he lived in New Orleans, where he learned ...

Amanda is originally from Wisconsin but has been in Austin for a few years now, long enough to have discovered a passion for boutique event bartending  ...

Amanda is originally from Wisconsin but has been in Austin for a few years now, long enough to have discovered a passion for boutique event bartending  ...

Erin loves life and delights in choosing her own adventures as much as joining others on their personal journeys ...

Erin loves life and delights in choosing her own adventures as much as joining others on their personal journeys ...