The Last Word

The Last Word with Annie Campbell, bar supervisor, Observatory (Grand Central Hotel, Belfast)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Five months.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
I’ll come in to set up the bar, prep for any functions or large parties later that day, and have a brief meeting with my manager discussing tasks for that day and any changes we need to make to the bar in the near future. After that, I’ll spend the rest of my shift making drinks, monitoring staff and interacting with customers to ensure everyone is enjoying their drinks and having a good time and completing any tasks I’ve set myself that might help improve the bar, service or working environment.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
My first job was taking gymnastics classes for young kids, mostly at birthday parties or summer schemes. Completely different from what I’m doing now but similar in that adults get on like young kids when they’ve had a few cocktails.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: First Dates
FAVOURITE FILM: Crash
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: The Wild Swan, Foy Vance
FAVOURITE BAND: Queen
LAST BOOK READ: Papillon by Henri Charrière
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Chrissy Teigen

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: ANYTHING that involves cheese
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Hadskis
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Grand Central Hotel
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: One Goose Entry
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: Barcelona
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Festival
LAST HOLIDAY: Ibiza

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Tea
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Coke
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: White
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey
GIN OR VODKA: Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Cocktails

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Louis Theroux, Blindboy, Jordan Peterson and Noel Fielding.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Music

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Blake Lively

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Bar consultant

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
Life’s a garden, dig it.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
Perspective. Assessing each situation before I react helps me to be a more balanced and caring person.

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My family!

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