Tenzin Conechok Samdo, head bartender at Trade
Why we're watching him: Because he's sorta social-media famous. Samdo's Instagram account @bostonmixdrink, filled with cocktail glamour shots and fun videos from area bars, has already attracted nearly 8K followers from around the world. But Samdo shines IRL too, especially through the new "TRADECreates" program, where guests fill out a super-quick questionnaire about favorite adjectives ("smoky," "herbal," "dry," etc.) and let bartenders improvise the rest.
Favorite part of his job: "Representing Boston," says Samdo, who grew up in India, where his parents were Tibetan refugees. "I feel I can do this from the bar. My heart is here and no matter how many big brands approach me, I like to support the local companies like WireWorks, Privateer and BullyBoy."
Favorite drink to make: Sazerac, which is also his favorite to drink. "It's one of the oldest cocktails and it has beautiful story, no matter the evolution it is going through - it has a legacy. I judge a bartender by how he makes a Sazerac."
Favorite hangover cure: Momo, Tibetan beef dumplings. "Jody [Adams] and I are making this for her blog The Garum Factory in a few weeks!"
Favorite experience on the bar: Playing matchmaker between a regular customer and a fellow bartender. "I matched them up. They're the most in love couple ever!" says Samdo. (But save the actual romance for home. His biggest pet peeve is "making out at the bar.")