Named a Zagat Charleston 2016 30 Under 30, Jayce McConnell is one of the South’s most recognizable and respected bartenders. Originally from Savannah, GA, McConnell moved to Oxford, MS in 2009 to attend college at Ole Miss. He soon started working at Snackbar and worked his way up from a prep cook to working behind the bar. He was credited for changing the cocktail scene in Oxford, a small college town, and had the dining elite coming in for his cocktails. He was named an Eater National Young Gun in 2013.
Wanting to move closer to home, McConnell relocated to Charleston to become the Head Bartender at Edmund’s Oast when they opened in 2013. Constantly researching and experimenting with products and flavors, he has a keen interest in old school punches and the classics. Every cocktail at Edmund’s has a story behind it. He has been a contributor to the Southern Foodways Alliance’s publication Gravy, and recipes have appeared in Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Food + Wine Cocktails 2016, Remixology, and The Coupe. Under his direction, Edmund’s Oast was named by Esquire as a Best Bar in 2016. He is an advisor for BevCon and has participated in several national events including Atlanta Wine + Food Festival.