As beverage director for San Francisco-based Mina Group restaurants, Noah Ellis aims to do a whole lot more with his bar program than simply offer guests a choice of different high-end vodkas to put in their Cosmopolitans. Aware that the beverages restaurants offer nowadays say as much about the concept as the food, Ellis strives to differentiate the drinks available in each of the 15 concepts operated by chef-owner Michael Mina. For instance, a traditional steakhouse like ...

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