Jim Meehan, author of the The PDT Cocktail Book, entered the hospitality business in 1995 while studying at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked his way through school as a bartender, then moved to New York City in 2002 to hone his palate and develop his craft in venues such as Five Points, Pace, Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club.
In 2007 Meehan opened PDT, a hidden cocktail lounge attached to a legendary hot dog stand in the East Village. In 2009, he and the bar were recognized with Spirited Awards for American Bartender of the Year and World's Best Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail. The bar has received the first ever Outstanding Bar Program Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2012. Jim's cocktails are served at American Express Centurion airport lounges at LaGuardia in New York City, DFW in Dallas, San Francisco International, and McCarran in Las Vegas.
In addition to his work behind bars, Meehan edited eight editions of Food & Wine Magazine's annual cocktail book and currently serves as Drinks Editor for TastingTable.com. His work's been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, aps, television, the radio, and a feature length movie. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon, where he operates his consulting firm Mixography Inc.