A report by Alicia Kennedy for Vine Pair.
Seated on a van traveling from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Ponce, on the south coast, is a bartender from Paris by way of Venezuela, another from Barcelona, one from Beirut, and another from Cyprus. Filling it out are the young bartenders and prep masters of La Factoría’s burgeoning bar empire. (And then there’s me, in the back corner, on my laptop.)
The Old San Juan bar La Factoría opened in 2013 and has been named to the World’s 50 Best list since 2015. Last weekend, it celebrated its sixth anniversary with a two-night bash honoring its drink community from near and far. We capped it off with a field trip to Ponce’s Destileria Serrallés, maker of Puerto Rico’s beloved Don Q rum.
“In Puerto Rico, if you have a place open for three years, it’s like, ‘Whoa, you…