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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Alessandro Palazzi: ‘Hospitality is like military service’

Having started his bartending career in the 1970s, Alessandro Palazzi has worked his way up to become the duke of Dukes, the London hotel where he has forged a reputation for making some of the world’s best Martinis. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Tucked away in a cul‐de‐sac in London’s affluent St James’s neighbourhood, Dukes hotel has long been serving what are widely considered the capital’s…

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Yeray Monforte on the importance of education

Spanish bartender Yeray Monforte, the winner of this year’s Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, is determined to pass all the things he has learnt in his career to a new generation of mixologists. *This feature was originally published in the June 2019 issue of The Spirits Business I fell in love with mixing different liquors to create cocktails. For me this is amazing and I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to this career,” says…

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Jesse Vida on moving from Dead Rabbit to Singapore’s Atlas

Bartender Jesse Vida rose to prominence at New York’s The Dead Rabbit. Now the US mixologist has mapped out a plan for his new home, Singapore’s Atlas, to enjoy the same acclaim. *This feature was originally published in the April 2019 issue of The Spirits Business “I was originally going to be a history teacher,” says Californian bartender Jesse Vida. “I always had an affinity for history, and while I was learning about liquor for…

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Fam’s Megs Miller on creating a ‘community’ bar

Peripatetic Canadian bartender Megs Miller has found a home in London and in her new job at Fam, a place to show off her hospitality. *This feature was originally published in the March 2019 issue of The Spirits Business For as long as she has worked in the on-­trade, Canadian bartender Megs Miller says she has been known as “the Tequila girl”. “When I was 16, I visited Mexico for the first time for a…

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