This New Durham Cocktail Bar Wants Local Produce to be the Star

"Kingfisher intends to build a drink menu that shifts the dominant flavors from the booze to strawberries, or tomatillos or celery, and then adding the spirit that complements it. Umstead said the bar will be big into pickling, preserving, jamming, dehydrating and wringing ever bit of interesting flavor from the bounty of North Carolina."

News and Observer

Beyond the Cocktail Glass

"But in a culture that’s largely amnesic about the old arts of clay, a new vessel could provide an extra layer of insight—a tangible way to slow down and see the thing in front of us with, potentially, more clarity. “[It] could make people more attentive to the whole experience,” Vanderwalker suggests. “They might not even be aware of it.”"


How To Love Green Peppers

"At Kingfisher, a cocktail lounge opening this winter in Durham N.C., owner Sean Umstead will make local produce the star of his drinks. His emerald-hued Oaxacan Bell begins with a green-pepper syrup that provides a backbone for the cocktail and draws out the vegetal notes of mezcal. The more bite, the better!"

Wall Street Journal

Your Next Favorite Bar

“That means lots of pickling and preserving and a strawberry daiquiri you’ll actually want to drink.”

Garden and Gun


Farm-to-Cocktail bar opening in Durham

"As for what to taste first? Expect something with strawberries, for some summer-inspired sweetness. A purchase of 75 pounds of strawberries from Lil’ Farm has already been made."

Eater Charleston

Chefs Tap Local Potters to Craft Serveware Blending Function and Style, Surprise and Delight

"Kingfisher’s cups add texture and a tactile element you might not otherwise get when you’re sipping a cocktail.”

Indy Week

Kingfisher Cocktail Pop-Up Series Sweeps the East Coast This September

"As a warmup for the launch of his cocktail bar Kingfisher in Durham later this year, Sean Umstead is rolling out the first in his series of cocktail pop-ups"

Eater Charleston

Craft cocktail bar Kingfisher will Open in Durham

"Umstead, who is currently the general manager at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar where he also oversees the bar program, plans to build Kingfisher's signature cocktails around N.C. produce."

Indy Week


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