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Yale Vengroff

The Spare Room - Los Angeles, CA


Originally from Houston, Texas, Yael moved to New York City in 2005 to attend New York University. During this time she worked alongside some of the world’s best bartenders, most notably as the youngest female bartender behind Audrey Saunders’ iconic Pegu Club. Having discovered a new-found love for tiki-inspired cocktails, after 2 years with Pegu Club, Yael landed a Head Bartender position at the former Lower East Side Tiki bar, Painkiller.

In 2012, Yael moved to Los Angeles after accepting a position with Proprietors LLC where she assisted with beverage development and operations management for the Los Angeles-based hospitality company, while simultaneously running Hollywood’s Harvard & Stone. Currently, Yael is the bar director at The Spare Room in the Roosevelt Hotel and Genghis Cohen, where she is known for her playful personality and whimsical cocktails.

In addition to her work behind the bar, Yael also holds a number of titles with Speed Rack – the national charity bar competition that honors women bartenders and helps to raise funds for breast cancer research – including the 2012 National Champion, the 2013 Champion of West Coast Rematch and the 2014 Champion of Fastest Hands in the West.

Participating Events

Taste of the Seasons