Life's a Cocktail is dedicated to elevating the craft of the cocktail. We offer a full range of beverage consulting services, from creating outstanding specialty cocktails for your bar or restaurant to fully training and managing your staff. We also provide expert bartending and photography services that ensure your next event will be an unforgettable experience.

Our core values of impecable quality, endless creativity, and social responsibility permeate everything we do. We are equally devoted to the classic heritage cocktails as we are to new and innovative creations, we aim to be the premier name in the world of the cocktail arts. We also constantly remind ourselves to laugh at the funny things in life--and sometimes at ourselves.


Payman Bahmani is the founder and creative force behind Life's a Cocktail, and an NYC bartender. He currently works at Please Don't Tell, the James Beard Award winning cocktail bar in Manhattan. In addition to being BarSmarts certified he has earned the prestigious B.A.R. Ready certification which is only given to a few dozen individuals each year. He recently launched The PDT Project, where he will be making and writing about every cocktail recipe featured in The PDT Cocktail Book. You can follow his progress on


Vanessa Bahmani is the exclusive digital artist and photographer for Life's A Cocktail. Vanessa holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and an M.F.A degree in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in NYC. Vanessa exhibits her work regularly, and has been featured at the South Street Seaport Museum in NYC, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, TX and The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail 2011, to name a few. For the past 4 years, Vanessa has photographed cocktails for a weekly cocktail colum called "Happy Hour" on Umami, and is now the exclusive photographer for the PDT project.


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