The Last Word

The Last Word from Mark Tinsley, manager in training, Wine Inns – The Belfast Empire

Mark Tinsley, manager in training, Wine Inns - The Belfast Empire

Mark Tinsley, manager in training, Wine Inns – The Belfast Empire answers our quickfire questions:

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?

I have been with Wine Inns for over four years now but only in my current position since August and, up until the start of April, at another bar in Belfast, Robinsons.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY

I arrive into work, usually alongside another manager and one of us will take over any office work that needs done such as responding to any bookings or enquiries regarding functions, upcoming shows and gigs, and the other will get the bar ready for another evening of music, comedy or the increasingly popular music hall wedding. Once everything is ready to go, the rest of the staff are prepped, the doors are opened. We welcome a wide variety of people from alternative students enjoying the latest album launch from the latest band in our upstairs bar to a more experienced audience out to enjoy one of our resident blues or rock and roll acts 15 feet below, and sometimes vice versa making sure everything goes smoothly through out for all our patrons.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

Working as a waiter in a hotel bar (Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick) aged 16 

ENTERTAINMENT:

FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Game of Thrones

FAVOURITE FILM: Pulp Fiction

ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: The Streets, Everything is Borrowed

FAVOURITE BAND: The Cat Empire

LAST BOOK READ: Fear and Loathing on the campaign trail by Hunter S. Thompson

FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Blind boy Boatclub

SOCIAL:

FAVOURITE FOOD: Chinese

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Gar restauracja, Warsaw

LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Hotel Van Gogh, Amsterdam

LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Bar-Brewbot, Nightclub – Alibi

FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Anywhere with the right company

INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Festival

LAST HOLIDAY: Thailand in January

DRINKS:

FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Latte with peppermint syrup

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Sukie

BEER OR CIDER: BREWDOG

WHITE OR RED WINE: Red

WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey

GIN OR VODKA: Vodka

COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Cocktails

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU

INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY? James Watt (co-founder of Brewdog), Bob Marley, Frankie Boyle and Brian Laudrup.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My laptop

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Jonah Hill

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB? Owning/managing a craft beer and whiskey bar somewhere on the other side of the world.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I wish he had been Brazilian,” Pelé on Jim Baxter.

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE? My amazing

girlfriend, also a junior manager at a bar in

Belfast.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT? Always do what makes you happy.

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