San Francisco native Sarah Ruiz leads the bar team at Dirty Habit, a dining destination and cocktail bar in the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter. With a sommelier certification from The Court Master Sommeliers and nearly a decade of hospitality experience, Ruiz brings her attention to detail and her dedication to creating innovative cocktails to Dirty Habit.
Ruiz’s hospitality career began at the Michelin-star-awarded Fifth Floor in San Francisco, where she learned the importance of discipline and preparation, and the value of high-quality service. She forged her spirits expertise further during her most recent post managing an agave-focused spirits division for Baja Wines, a wine-importing company in Mexico, learning the ancestral methods of mezcal production. In addition to frequenting vineyards in California, Oregon, and Burgundy to gain a deeper understanding of grapes and wine-making, Ruiz studied sherry production in Jerez, Spain, and at cider houses in Basque Country.
Ruiz’s knowledge of global spirits and wine is present in Dirty Habit’s bar program, complementing Executive Chef Kyoo Eom’s culinary direction. She brings a unique perspective to the Dirty Habit beverage program with craft cocktails that showcase atypical ingredients and bold flavors, offering ingenuity and an unexpected twist.