Gary Crunkleton

The Crunkleton | Chapel Hill & Charlotte, NC

Gary’s first bartending job was more than 20 years ago at an undergraduate bar in Chapel Hill, while a student at UNC. Gary cut his teeth at the busy bar, as the co-eds wanted their drinks fast and often. A more civilized and sophisticated bartending opportunity followed as he developed the necessary personal skills of a true barman.

Realizing the significance of his achievements in bartending and service, Gary opened his own bar, The Crunkleton, in Chapel Hill, after working on his craft for more than a third of his life. The Crunkleton has since become one of the most acclaimed bars in the region. When not at the bar following his passion, Gary spends his time with his other loves – an adoring wife, Megan, and their three young boys: Montgomery, Hudson, and Beaufort. Gary recently opened a second location of The Crunkleton in Charlotte (which includes a full kitchen and dinner service) and is also one of the new owners of Chapel Hill’s iconic restaurant, Crook’s Corner


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Gary is leading The Spirit of Adventure Cocktail Class on Friday, October 18.