Best of Boston

2023 Best Beverage Director

Ryan Lotz, Traveler Street Hospitality

Imagine the unicycle-on-a-high-wire/juggling/fire-eating act that is simultaneously managing cocktails, wine, and beer programs for an elegant, seafood-focused Italian restaurant (Bar Mezzana); a stunning tropical-drinks bar with Asian food (Shore Leave); a tiny, high-end sushi and sashimi spot (No Relation); and a raucous, hard-partying American brasserie (Black Lamb). And killing it at all of them? That’s what genial beverage manager Ryan Lotz does every day. (At least they’re all within the same few city blocks.)