Cast of Characters

  • Joseph Fredrickson
    Joseph Fredrickson
    Owner & Operator
  • Torre Kosic
    Torre Kosic
    Maître D'
  • Donzell Robertson
    Donzell Robertson
    Maitre D'
  • Benjamin Tozser
    Benjamin Tozser
    Bartender
  • Ben Pettey
    Ben Pettey
    Bartender
  • Benjamin Hawes
    Benjamin Hawes
    Bartender
  • Molly Castle
    Molly Castle
    Server
  • Amanda Runkle
    Amanda Runkle
    Server
  • Christian Townsend
    Christian Townsend
    Bar Back
Joseph Fredrickson
Owner & Operator

Joseph Fredrickson recently relocated to Cleveland, Ohio to open Society Lounge–a vintage cocktail bar located on the exquisite East 4th. He has been diligently working to organize a cocktail program and a team of skilled bartenders. His career began at Nicholson’s Tavern and Pub while earning his finance and accounting degree at the University of Cincinnati. After graduating, he started a group called “World of Whiskey,” which revolved around a diverse whiskey selection, education and food pairings. Fredrickson found his passion lied in sharing his knowledge and love of spirits and food with others. In fall of 2011, he started Nicholson’s craft cocktail program that revolved around themed drinks that would coincide with the Broadway shows, which played across the street. Through this program, Fredrickson created over 30 unique cocktail lists, made steady news appearances on local news and national blogs, won awards and took a leadership roll on the companies corporate beverage team. Joseph has also been appointed as Treasurer of the Southern Ohio Chapter United Sates Bartenders’ Guild.

:: Send a Message ::

Torre Kosic
Maître D'

Where are you from?
San Diego, CA

What brought you to Cleveland?
The beautiful weather

What’s your favorite spirit?
Bulleit Bourbon

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Ginger Ale

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Pimm’s cup

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Red

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
The Starlite

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Christopher Hitchens

Donzell Robertson
Maitre D'

Where are you from?
Cleveland, but as far as planet Venus

What brought you to Cleveland?
A spaceship

What’s your favorite spirit?
Gin

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Fernet

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Red so far

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Bruce Lee

Benjamin Tozser
Bartender

Where are you from?
Chicago, sorry Cleveland

What brought you to Cleveland?
My brother Alex and I wore out Chicago

What’s your favorite spirit?
Christmas past…maybe present, Hamlet’s father

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Camaraderie and aggressive pleasure

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Miller High Life and Jager

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Are we speaking of wine I like to drink?

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
Rite Liquors on Division St. in Chicago. Everyone must pass through.

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Sam Cooke & possibly Oleh as told to Ginger Baker

Ben Pettey
Bartender

Where are you from?
The womb

What brought you to Cleveland?
Human trafficking

What’s your favorite spirit?
Old Ben Kenobi

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Red Bull

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Fernet

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Sparkle Donkey

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
Andy Juhn- Duck Island

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Chef Spinner’s Grandma, I’m sure she’s a bad bi**h

Benjamin Hawes
Bartender

Where are you from?
Geneva Ohio

What’s your favorite spirit?
Green Chartreuse

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Any Amaro

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Amaro Lucano

Red, white, pink, or sparkling?
Red, dryer the better

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
Damon Boelte, Grand Army

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Teddy Roosevelt

Molly Castle
Server

Where are you from?
Northern Ohio

What brought you to Cleveland?
College! Cleveland Institute of Art

What’s your favorite spirit?
Hendricks Gin

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Ginger Beer

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Pimm’s Cup

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Sparkling

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
Porco! Those Garnishes though.

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
My mother! Her whole life she’s chosen not to drink, I would love to get tipsy with her.

Amanda Runkle
Server

Where are you from?
Lorain Ohio

What’s your favorite spirit?
Gin

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Tonic

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Fernet

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Red

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
Spotted Owl

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Alec Baldwin

Christian Townsend
Bar Back

Where are you from?
Cleveland Ohio born and raised

What’s your favorite spirit?
Bourbon, I’m starting to develop a crush on an Old Fashioned

What mixer could you not live without behind the bar?
Ginger beer

What’s your favorite aperitif or digestive?
Fernet

Red, white, pink or sparkling?
Red wine Malbec

Cocktail inspiration? Other than society what is your favorite cocktail bar or bartender?
My cocktail inspiration is my art. I aim to make every cocktail with finesse.

If you could have a drink with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Michael Jackson