Nightlife

CAM FITZPATRICK AND RENÉ WOODMENCEY ARE ON A MISSION TO MAKE SURE NO WEDDING OR EVENT RUNS OUT OF BOOZE THIS SUMMER, AND THEY HOPE THEIR NEW MOBILE BAR SERVICE WILL ACHIEVE JUST THAT. BOTH BORN AND RAISED IN JACKSON HOLE—WOODMENCEY’S FATHER IS THE LOCAL WEATHERMAN, AND FITZPATRICK’S DAD IS A LONGTIME SKI PATROLLER—THEY ARE EXCITED TO EMBARK ON A NEW ADVENTURE.

In the fall of 2017, Woodmencey entered the Wyoming Whiskey Cocktail Shootout, and became overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback she received for her original craft cocktails. She already had three-and-a-half years of bartending experience at Teton Tiger under her belt, and the cocktail
competition made her realize she has what it takes to break out on her own. FitzPatrick has been been working in the Jackson service industry since age 14, including 12 years of serving and bartending at Teton Thai, so they decided to team up.

Their initial idea of a mobile sloshie service quickly transformed into a full food-truck-style bar equipped with a standing bar window and, yes, sloshie machines upon request. They bought a 1990 Circle J horse trailer and spent the winter transforming it with the help of family, friends, and neighbors. They came up with the name Bar SIP Bar to honor their Wyoming heritage since “bar” is a word commonly used in ranch names—it refers to a symbol used in cattle branding.

"I love mixing flavors, blending things together, and infusing my own liquor."
René Woodmencey

Bar SIP Bar is newly opened and available for both indoor and outdoor weddings and events. Patrons will be able to choose between a variety of packages that include beer, wine, and custom cocktails. Some of their original creations will also be on the menu, like Lupin Meadow—an herbal gin cocktail—and the Grammie B, a Wild Turkey drink in honor of Woodmencey’s grandmother. “I’ve always loved to cook,” Woodmencey says. “This transferred well to booze. I love mixing flavors, blending things together, and infusing my own liquor.”

In addition to being a bartender, Woodmencey also has experience working for Lily & Co in weddings and events, and she is excited to combine her two areas of expertise by making cocktails for people’s happiest occasions. FitzPatrick is a bartender by night, professional snowboarder by day—he has appeared in films by Red Bull Media House and Absinthe Films alongside mentors and local legends Travis Rice and Bryan Iguchi.

“Since we are local kids, we have a lot of friends here in Jackson, and the community has helped us out a ton, which has been amazing,” FitzPatrick says.

FitzPatrick and Woodmencey aren’t quite ready to quit their night jobs just yet, but they are hoping for success with their business venture. With weddings already booked and a busy summer season ahead, they might be going all-in even sooner than they thought.