CHRIS MATEJA

This is Chris, bartender/co-owner. He brings nearly twenty years of experience to Nightingale. Chris started his restaurant career as a dishwasher at the age of 15 and eventually  moved up to bartending at 18 (it was legal back then…maybe). Between college, moving, and  traveling and following other passions, bars were always there. Not just a source of income,  bartending was a way for Chris to get acquainted and connect with a new city, meet new people  and have a creative outlet.

He has lived in Portland for the last eight years, but hails from Chicago, and brings a dazzling mix of midwest charm and attitude that allows for captivating conversation. If you’ve frequented one of the establishments where he’s previously tended the stick, then you know his passion and creativity stems from crafting a cocktail that is inventive,  while making sure its exactly what the customer wants.

When not behind the bar, Chris is also an avid music lover, traveling far and wide to catch a Wilco show, and that will definitely be evident by the playlist or record selection at nightingale.

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