Raising the Bar with Karine Tillard, UK Brand Ambassador for Patrón Tequila

Raising the Bar with Karine Tillard, UK Brand Ambassador for Patrón Tequila

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? I started a few years ago in Australia as a bar back/waitress. I ended up running bars in Melbourne but when I moved back a couple of years ago to the UK, I didn’t mention that I was a GM and... View Article

Raising the Bar with Patrick Noir, head bartender at MVP, Dublin

Raising the Bar with Patrick Noir, head bartender at MVP, Dublin

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? My first bar gig was in a funny little place called Antique Bar in Melbourne. I had zero experience but have always been a people person and fairly extroverted, so thought why not and essentially charmed/bluffed my way in. I fell... View Article

Raising the Bar with Hayden Lambert

Raising the Bar with Hayden Lambert

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? I started out helping in the hostel bar my brother was running in Austria. At first I was collecting glasses and then I moved into making drinks behind the bar. That lasted two months and by some chance I ended up... View Article

Raising the Bar with Sean Muldoon

Raising the Bar with Sean Muldoon

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? I started out in 1993 working in a few bars in Belfast City Centre; the Regency Hotel which was on Botanic Avenue, and Chicago Pizza Pie Factory which was on Bankmore Square. Originally I got involved in the industry to fund... View Article

Raising the Bar with Jack McGarry

Raising the Bar with Jack McGarry

HOW DID YOU START IN THE BAR TRADE? I actually got my start because of an argument with my mother and father. I kept asking them for a lend of money without any intention of paying it back and they basically said to me, if you want something in life... View Article

Raising the Bar with Metinee (May) Kongsrivilai

Raising the Bar with Metinee (May) Kongsrivilai

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? It was all by accident. I had finished university in Bristol and decided that I didn’t want to compete in the world of graduates in London, so I randomly chose to move to Edinburgh. My flat mate at the time put... View Article

Raising the Bar with Nathan O’Neill

Raising the Bar with Nathan O’Neill

HRNI talks to the local bartenders making it big in the global cocktail scene. Featured this month is Nathan O’Neill, head bartender of the NoMad Bar, New York City.  HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? In 2007/2008, I had an amazing opportunity to intern in New York... View Article

Raising the Bar with Chris Strong

Raising the Bar with Chris Strong

Featured this month is Chris Strong, assistant general manager of Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. HOW DID YOU START OUT IN THE BAR TRADE? I was a glass collector in The Potthouse, and moved my way up to head bartender. I was then bar manager at... View Article