22 Years of Mixology with Martie

Martie is one of our fantastic bartenders at the Gateway location.

While he has been bartending at Z’Tejas for 22 years, Martie didn’t start his career as mixing drinks. Years ago, Martie graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. After graduation, he lived in California for a few years, but wasn’t satisfied with his job or life there.

Martie ultimately decided to pack up and move back to Arizona, where he started bartending to pay the bills. The more he worked, the more he discovered that he loved the job! A huge benefit of his new job was the flexibility; as a bartender, Martie could work whenever he wanted. He took advantage of this to spend time with his kids—taking them to school, helping them with homework—before going to work in the evenings. There was freedom in this schedule; something Martie didn’t have with previous jobs.

His change in careers originally began at a bar located in Scottsdale, Arizona. While Martie was bartending there, the building began a 3-month remodel. Rather than waiting for the bar to reopen, Martie decided to hand in his notice and try his luck elsewhere. Fortunately, at this time, Z’Tejas was opening a new location in Phoenix. When Martie went in to apply for a bartending position, he was hired on the spot.

From the upbeat atmosphere to the regulars who come to see him, Martie has and continues to enjoy every aspect of the job. Throughout the 22 years he’s been working at Z’Tejas, Martie has built and cultivated long-term relationships with many of his customers. Many more customers than could be mentioned in this article!

Martie is originally from London and has lived in America for more than 30 years. He is passionate about his family, dogs, wine and making new friends.

Come get to know Martie in person! He works at the Gateway location, found on East Shea Blvd  and North Tatum Blvd in Phoenix, Arizona.

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