Any bar can be ruined with the wrong staff.
Becoming a great bartender doesn't happen by accident.
Inspiration has a way of jumping out of you when you least expect it.
The important aspect of gathering a great bar team is hiring people you can genuinely get along with. So will your guests.
A lot of bartenders feel like they play the part of psychologists. I prefer to set a fun atmosphere, where people are too busy having a good time rather than sitting there being depressed.
Once bitten, twice shy?
Winning the title of 7th-best new worldwide venue was the biggest shock in my career.
Most women want a man to hold their hand while getting to sleep; instead bartenders' wives get us skulking in the door at all hours smelling like a brewery. What they put up with is incredible!
Photo: Jay Harrison