USC Judges

Jillian Vose
Jillian Vose
Beverage Director, Buyer, Educator
Jillian Vose

Jillian Vose is Beverage Director of BlackTail at Pier A, a new bar by The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. BlackTail transports imbibers to the glorious decadence of Prohibition-era Cuba, when “dry” New Yorkers flew to the “wet” island nation for strong libations. Jillian is responsible for overseeing the beverage program at BlackTail, including conducting daily R&D classes, spot-checking bartenders, organizing staff trainings and developing spirit offerings and also traveling globally to act as a spokesperson. She played a key role in developing BlackTail’s cocktail program, together with BlackTail’s Managing Partner Jack McGarry and Bar Manager Jesse Vida.

At the same time, Jillian is also Bar Manger/Beverage Director at The Dead Rabbit in Lower Manhattan. Named after a street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the culmination of Belfast barmen Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s lifelong dream. The bar has won seven Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail, including World’s Best Bar, the industry’s highest accolade. Jillian was instrumental in creating the bar’s fourth drinks menu, which transports Dead Rabbit gang leader John Morrissey to 1970s New York City. She also oversaw the development and drinks of the third edition of the drinks menu, which won World’s Best Cocktail Menu in 2015. 

Previously, Jillian was Bar Manager at Death & Co, where she was responsible for running the bar program, including menu development and maintaining a strong staff and a well-oiled bar. At the same time, she served as a Whiskey Ambassador for Campari America, co-managing its Women & Whiskies program. Jillian also won the 2013 Rising Stars award from Star Chefs. She joined Death & Co after a stint at Maison Premiere, which she helped open. Her first job in New York was at The Clover Club, as a floor manager, also in Brooklyn. 

At the age of 24, Jillian received her Level One Court of Master Sommeliers Certificate in Boston and after a few weekend visits to New York, she knew it was where she needed to be. She subsequently took the BAR 5-Day Course. Acceptance was granted and the networking and education received from the course are still paying off to this day.

Jillian’s initiation into the world of hospitality and spirits began while working in the fine dining establishments of Elements & Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Ariz. There she was introduced to fine wine, food and craft cocktails. Her interest in elevated libations, technique and cuisine developed while studying Hospitality Administration at Northern Arizona University and working at Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, Ariz.

Jillian grew up in a small beach town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.