How Sly Augustin turned adversity into success

After West End clubs ostracised him and his friends, Sly Augustin took matters into his own hands and now runs his own bar, the welcoming Trailer Happiness. While today’s bars and clubs may welcome people from all walks of life, it hasn’t always been that way. For Trailer Happiness’ managing director, Sly Augustin, his first foray into the on‐trade came about in an attempt to “hack” the system and ensure he and his Black friends…

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Bramble’s founders on revamping its cocktail menu

It’s out with the old and in with the new at pioneering Edinburgh cocktail bar Bramble, which recently unveiled its first complete menu overhaul. The venue’s owners tell SB why the time was right for change. *This feature was originally published in the March 2020 issue of The Spirits Business. Regardless of the position, 13 years is a long time to be in the same job. If that role involves late nights, hard work and…

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Corallo on bringing Italian hospitality to Artesian

He worked in his parents’ nightclub when he was 12, but now Marco Corallo is leading one of the world’s best bars – Artesian. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Marco Corallo has just emerged from the bowels of London’s Langham Hotel where he has been working in Artesian’s lab, learning the finer details of the bar’s A Minimalist Menu. Having joined the venue as head bartender…

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Ivy Mix on championing women in the on-trade

Bartender Ivy Mix runs Brooklyn hotspot Leyenda and champions women in the industry with her Speed Rack competition. She speaks to SB about driving change in the on-trade. *This feature was originally published in the November 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Through her work to highlight inequality in the on‐trade and raise funds to support breast cancer research and recovery, Ivy Mix has become part‐ bartender, part‐activist. The day of my interview with the…

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Shepherd on why bartending beats DJing as a career

Rory Shepherd was torn between a career in DJing or bartending, before plumping for the latter. The creative director of Bonomy Group tells SB why he made the right decision. *This feature was originally published in the September 2019 issue of The Spirits Business It’s weird how much cocktails and music relate to each other,” says Rory Shepherd, operations manager and creative director at Little Red Door owner Bonomy Group. “If you play someone a…

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