Natasha Bahrami

Known as “The Gin Girl,” Natasha Bahrami is one of the world’s leading gin experts and the first American inducted into the Gin Hall of Fame. She owns and operates destination gin bar The Gin Room in St. Louis, Missouri. Bahrami founded the gin educational platform Ginworld and serves as the director of gin curation and education at the Museum of Distilled Spirits.

Experience

The catalyst that sparked Natasha Bahrami’s love affair with the spirit that has become central to her life was her first sip of a dry, round, flawlessly executed Dirty Martini made with gin. That experience sent her down a rabbit hole to taste and learn everything she could about the distilled spirit. Bahrami spent the early part of her professional career helping to run her parent’s Persian restaurant in St. Louis, then lived abroad and worked outside the restaurant industry for a time. However, her passion for gin led her back to restaurants where she began establishing gin programs, eventually landing a job at The Gin Joint in D.C. Her stint at The Gin Joint gave her the confidence and inspiration to move back to St. Louis to launch her own venture. She opened The Gin Room in 2014 in a converted space inside the family’s Café Natasha, which soon became the epicenter of gin education and celebration. In addition to operating The Gin Room and another restaurant, Salve Osteria, Bahrami judges gin/spirits in global spirits competitions, including International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), American Distilling Institute (ADI) International Craft Spirits, and the World Spirits Awards.

Education

Natasha graduated from Webster University with a master of arts degree in international relations.

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