Cocktail Courier / Chicago

Laila Grainawi

Rating (23)
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Certifications: United States Bartenders Guild - Chicago
Preferred Spirit Categories: Whiskey
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Laila Grainawi has always been a creative soul. When she graduated from art school (MICA) she started working as a graphic designer and a knitwear designer in New York. While her careers were fulfilling, she found herself yearning for both the tangible satisfaction of making and but with the immediate gratification of creating at a faster pace.

When she moved back to Chicago, she found herself in front of an incredible cocktail community. She saw that all of her culinary passions and desire to connect with people could be realized in bartending. She set out to learn everything she possibly could about the very diverse cocktail world, but also to become integrated into it, by getting “behind the stick” (as they say) to learn hands-on.

Her same passion for knowledge that enabled her to have an incredible depth of information about the art world, now fuels a fire about whiskeys, the fine art of syrup making, and how to achieve that all important balance in a drink.

She was quickly plucked out from behind the bar to join the team at Cocktail Courier as Creative Director to bring all that obsessive memorization, intense studiousness, and passion for the beverage industry to other cocktail enthusiasts.

When she’s not making cocktails, photographing drinks, or animating quirky stop motions, you can find her sitting in the sunniest spot in her apartment, making art.

Current Position(s)
Creative Director @ Cocktail Courier
Chicago, IL  |  7/2016 - Present

Previous Position(s)
Bartender @ Beacon Tavern
Chicago, IL  |  5/2016 - 8/2016