Andre Sykes

Alpino + Black on Both Sides LLC, Detroit (he / him / his)

A true agent of hospitality. Andre believes that working hard, especially when no one is watching, is the foundation for success in all areas of life. His love of hospitality has garnered accolades and much recognition across America. In 2022, Andre received a nomination as a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Bar Program for his program at “Shelby” in Detroit, Michigan. After his successful tenure at Shelby, Andre became the Bar Director and Principal Bartender for “Willow,” which was the first Black-owned and operated craft cocktail bar in the state of Michigan. Outside of his professional career, Andre is a published poet, an avid activist, and a doting father to his daughter Nova. Andre currently resides in Detroit, MI, and is working as the Beverage Director/Sommelier at Alpino Detroit where his bar program is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist. He is also the Co-owner of Black On Both Sides, a pop-up in Detroit that celebrates the Opulence of Black, POC, and LGBTQ contributions within the hospitality industry.

Edinburgh Whiskey Association Diploma in Single Malt Scotch, Tales of The Cocktail Foundation – Cocktail Apprentice Program


exquisite cocktails + rare spirits while smoking a beautiful cigar  


Willow, Shelby (Detroit)

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