“One of New York’s most popular connoisseurs, Robinson has turned bartending
into an art…” Jones Magazine pronounced. Darryl Robinson, better known as
‘DR Mixologist,’ is the star of “Drink Up” on The Cooking Channel where he
spirits you away to a world of colorful cocktails from around the world. Darryl has
shaken and stirred his way to center stage of the rapidly emerging cocktail
culture with his engaging and flavorful personality, and innovative mixology
Darryl’s love for mixology began at his childhood home bar where his family
entertained. His natural talent for mixology grew through college bartending jobs
in famed establishments such as The Kings Arms Tavern in Williamsburg, VA,
where he became inspired by innovative cocktail creations.
Following his graduation from The College of William & Mary, Darryl set his sites
on the glamour of New York City in pursuit of an acting career. He quickly had
successes with voice and national commercial spots for Anheuser Busch, Mrs.
Field’s Cookies, General Motors, The United States Navy; as well as numerous
appearances on Loving, Guiding Light, Another World, and As The World Turns.
However, Darryl never abandoned his thirst for mixology and continued to
engage both careers simultaneously. With a love for people fueled by a passion
to entertain and serve, he continued honing his mixology craft into sheer artistry,
amassing a large following of loyal patrons who became fans of his signature and
In 2005, Darryl joined one of New York City’s hottest nightspots, Hudson Bar
(located at Ian Schrager’s Hudson Hotel) and continued to seduce patrons and
peers alike with his unique and edgy “sexy sippers”. He also serves as a
consultant to many bar and restaurant owners looking to create a “cocktail
experience” at their venue.
In 2010 Darryl married his entertainment and mixology aspirations when he
became host of “Drink Up,” a “cocktails and conversations show” on The Cooking
Channel. “Drink Up” is Cocktail’s 101, demystifying the spirits world.
His work on ”Drink Up” garnered him a 2010 Tasty Award nomination for Best
New Drink/ Beverage Program.
Darryl makes frequent TV guest appearances on “Extra!” (2010), “Access
Hollywood Live” (2012), “Wendy Williams” (2012), “NBC Nightly News” (2013),
“VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live” (2012), “The Today Show” (2012) and “Dr Oz”
(2012) where he creates specialty cocktails with celebrity co-hosts.
He has also been featured in print, TV and radio media including USA Today,
New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Business
Week, Essence, New York Daily News, New York Post, San
Francisco Weekly, FineLiving.com and House Beautiful. Darryl is an active
member of the US Bartender’s Guild, The International Bartenders Association
and the Museum of the American Cocktail.
Darryl continues to develop his “DR Mixologist” brand and position as a
recognizable personality in the spirits industry and cocktail culture.