When driving along the Seven Mile strip your eye will be caught by a bar and restaurant that looks like no other. Craft Food & Beverage Co. gives off a warm, welcoming light that beckons you to a great atmosphere, craft beers, tasty food, and mixologist Bryan “BJ” Kristjanson.
Craft is relatively new compared to other establishments, but it has already built a reputation for itself as a hotspot for friends to hang out, share a meal, and enjoy custom cocktails.
Mixing up those coveted beverages is the none other than the guy that everyone simply knows as “BJ” (like Cher and Madonna). BJ hails from the prairie province of Saskatchewan, and the small town of Foam Lake, where he grew up with dreams of travel.
He got his first job bartending out of university in a bar called the Covered Wagon in Red Deer, Alberta. It probably didn’t hurt that his parents owned the joint, and he worked there for five years until they sold it. BJ had already made plans to take some time off, and in that time, would make his way to the Cayman Islands where relatives and friends had either previously worked, or were presently living. Although his first intention was to just enjoy a vacation here, it didn’t take long for him to make the decision to move to Grand Cayman, which he did about four years ago.
He has since been plying his trade on the island, and moved to Craft in September 2014, where every evening he’s meeting new people and creating the cocktails that have become one of the most popular features of the bar.
“I really like the atmosphere here,” he says, “and the clientele and staff are always entertaining and friendly. It’s just good people, good food, and of course, great drinks [laughs].”
There’s nothing like a hopping Friday night at Craft, but then it seems like every night is Friday at this preferred haunt for many of the members of the social crowd. That’s what makes BJ’s job so fun.
“I enjoy the social aspect of bartending,” he says, “where I’m meeting and residents and tourists every day.”
“We have great specialty drinks, and a menu of food, beer and cocktails that is second to none.”
- 2oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- ½oz Elderflower cordial
- 2oz Peach coulis
- 4 leaves fresh basil
- Teaspoon sugar cane syrup
- 2 slices fresh lemon
Muddle all the ingredients, then add ice and top with soda water. Enjoy!
On special for the month of November for $8.