Manhattan Zodiac is a women-owned and operated company based in San Francisco, specializing in cocktail catering, bar consulting, and mixology classes and events. Co-founders, Katya Skye and Yana Nogid, are bartenders in San Francisco with 8 years + of bar industry experience.
Manhattan Zodiac is a company driven by a passion for teaching and learning, and a strong desire to elevate the standards of the bartending experience for professionals and cocktail enthusiasts.
Meet The Founders
Yana Nogid was born in Riga, Latvia and raised in San Francisco. She started bartending part-time in 2013 while attending USF to obtain a degree in Counseling Psychology, MFT. She pursued this degree all the way, got licensed, and opened a private practice. While taking a hiatus from the mental health world, in 2019 she partnered with Katya to establish a common vision, materializing into Manhattan Zodiac. Around the same time, she started a luxury gift box business called Box Tradition. Two companies that fill her Gemini heart!
Yana has 8 years and counting of bartending and bar management experience. San Francisco continues to be her special place of residence, and she’s had the pleasure of working in local bars and restaurants: Playland Bar, Nihon Whiskey Lounge, Topsys, Iron Horse, Garibaldi’s, and Harry’s Bar.
Katya Skye was born in the outskirts of Russia and raised in St. Petersburg. She has an educational background in economics and finance and 12 years of experience as a logistics account executive. She developed an obsession for bartending in 2015 when she moved to San Francisco. Over the last 5 years she has tended bar and obtained leadership roles as bar manager and consultant for bars and restaurants in New York and San Francisco.
As of late she has tended bar at Bourbon and Branch, the oldest speakeasy in San Francisco, with a crew of great and talented professionals. She is excited to share Manhattan Zodiac with Yana, a product of common inspiration from years of friendship and professional growth together.