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."



Sophisticated Sipping

"(T)he savory cocktail highlighted Copper & Kings brandy and Absinthe Blanche, as well as fresh carrot juice and fennel bulbs"


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.”



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"

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Craft cocktail bar Kingfisher will Open in Durham this Fall

"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

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."

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New Craft Cocktail Bar Opening in Durham

"The bar, which is named for the unique birds that live along the banks of North Carolina's rivers, will be located next to The Durham Hotel at 321 E. Chapel Hill St.... It is a joint venture for Sean Umstead and his wife, Durham based ceramic artist Michelle Vanderwalker."



New Cocktail Bar Coming to Downtown Durham

"Vanderwalker's warmly lit interior atmosphere will feature ceramic dishes and a custom-tiled bar.  The duo will also tap the talents of other local artists."

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