Geno Sieg, Havana Republic

Geno Sieg keeps racking up first-place awards as the Rogue Valley's favorite bartender, no matter where he works.

"I'm just real happy — pleased and honored," says Sieg, who took first place in 2008 and 2009 and works at the new Havana Republic in Medford. "My goal is to make people happy and hope they come back and visit us."

Known for mixing big, fruity drinks such as Venom and Smoking Diablo, Sieg has been tending bar in the Rogue Valley for 20 years, including such places as Ground Zero and Club Wet.

"I enjoy what I do," he says. "Hopefully I pass that along to customers."

Havana Republic opened July 7 at 123 W. Main St., Medford.

Other favorites: Austin Loreman, RedZone Sports Bar, Ashland, and Jenn Brown, Southern Oregon Brewing Co., Medford.

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