Nora Furst, originally from Seattle, grew up in a restaurant family. She began her career in hospitality at age 15 washing dishes. She continued to grow in the Seattle restaurant and bar scene while finishing her degree in Education and creative writing. At 24 she began bartending and quickly took on a management role, opening Local 360 in Belltown.
She has spent the last 12 years establishing herself in San Francisco. She cut her teeth as bar manager at Lolinda and developed multiple beverage programs for the Back of the House Group. She has consulted on beverage programs all over the Bay area and opened a bar in Brazil from the ground up in just 10 days . In 2016 she was heralded Bartender of the Year by 7×7 Magazine. In 2017, as operating partner and beverage director, she opened Uma Casa Restaurant in San Francisco’s Noe Valley alongside chef Telmo Faria. She has worked with BERTOUX Brandy and Seedlip as a Market Manager, opening Northern California for both brands in their fledgling stages. She’s lucky enough to have tended bar at some of her favorite spots including True Laurel, California Gold, Holy Water and Horsefeather, to name a few. She currently is partner at West Bev Consulting and Buddy (her new brick and mortar in SF). She now resides in Portland, OR where you can find her behind the stick at Teardrop Lounge.
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