The revival of the cocktail began in the early 2000s—and Nandini was at the right place and time to embrace it. She studied biology, psychology, physics, film, performance, music, history, and the arts. Ultimately, Nandini found a way to be creative and express ideas in a layering of flavors imparted by the unique histories behind spirits. She currently operates Cindy's at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, redefining the drinking culture of rooftop bars in Chicago.
Before she opened Cindy's, Nandini was a part of the opening team at one of Chicago's first and groundbreaking cocktail lounges, the Violet Hour, over a decade ago. We had no idea the impact that era would have on the bar scene as we know it today. She's also bartended at Big Star, had a night at the Charleston, created an independent cocktail app with two other badass ladies, and ran a side hustle that hosted artist inspired "intoxication installations" for events and openings at galleries, boutiques, and museums. Nandini is currently a member of the inaugural Grant Advisory Committee for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.