Mixologist James Beck of Patterson House - Biography

Nashville, TN

September 2015

A son of Enterprise, Alabama, James Beck enrolled as a mechanical engineering student at the University of Mobile before spending five years on the road as a touring guitarist for various musicians and bands. He finally landed in Nashville in 2010 and chose to call it home.

The Patterson House had recently opened and it was there that Beck—who to this point hardly consumed alcohol at all—had two drinks that changed the course of his career and life. He was enraptured by the cocktails and fascinated by their mixing, history, and quality. Soon afterward, he joined the bar’s ranks. Beck was trained from the ground up at The Patterson House under the aegis of renowned barman Toby Maloney and his opening staff. Two cocktails and four and a half years later, Beck holds the distinction of being the longest-tenured bartender at The Patterson House.

While still playing music, Beck's value to the bar’s institutional memory is without rival, and in a town that is constantly changing, he’s a source of comfort and familiarity for guests he’s served over the last several years. Beck remains active in helping push the beverage program to new heights, keeping The Patterson House in the national spotlight, in the best possible expression of itself.