It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to one of bartending’s greatest stars.

Gary (Gaz) Regan was a bartender. He was an influencer and innovator, an author, a publisher, an educator, and more. He was influential to all types of bartenders and was seen by many as an inspirational figure that most aspired to emulate. He was very well-liked and respected in the bartender domain.

Gary Regan, 1951 - 2019

Gary Regan, 1951 – 2019

Photo by James Ferrara

Gaz wrote a total of 18 books, including The Joy of Mixology, The Bartender’s Gin Compendium, The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vida, 101 Best New Cocktails, and many more.

In a recent interview, Chilled spoke with Gaz about his major influence in the spirits world and what he was most proud of, to which he answered with a comical quip, “Managing to go my whole life without really having a proper job!”

We will miss your sense of humor and all the incredible achievements and attributes you brought to our bartending community, Gaz.

Gaz’s wife, Amy Gallagher, posted the sad news of Gary’s passing on Facebook, Friday November 15. Gaz was 68.