Detroit News’ Baetens makes top bartenders list

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Do you know Melody Baetens? You need to.

That’s according to Thrillist, which included the Detroit News’ own Baetens in its list of 12 Female Bartenders You Need to Know in Detroit.

Baetens, a features and entertainment reporter who covers restaurant news and dining culture for The News, also bartends at Small’s in Hamtramck, where she’s one of the bar’s owners.

She’s included on the list (under her married name Melody Malosh) along with Kat Paled, who also bartends at Small’s. Others earning Thrillist’s approval include the Bronx Bar’s Charleen Dexter, Mudgie’s Deli’s Amanda Mentzer, Bookies Bar & Grille’s Sara Aldridge and others.

“It’s cute, it’s fun,” Baetens said Tuesday about her inclusion on the list. “I’m in good company.”

You can check out the fill list here: