Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC JulyAugust 2015 Contents Will Sleeman
WORKS AT: Black Pearl, Melbourne
BARTENDING HISTORY: I’ve been working for almost five years, but
Black Pearl is the first standalone bar I’ve worked in – I had always
been in restaurant bars before. I was in the right place at the right
time when I was working at Gazi restaurant with Caitlyn who is
engaged to Chris Hysted, who was the bar manager at Black Pearl
for years. So I was serving Chris one night and he said there were
a couple of vacancies and offered to pass on my details, and it all
LOVES: It’s just a lot of fun. You have your moments where people
are a little unfavourable, but for the most part everyone is there to
have a good time, and we’ve got such a good little family that we
work with and a lot of good friends – people we get to see every
night – and we’re there to have a good time and enjoy some good
drinks and some terrible banter. What’s not to like?
SECRET SERVICE WEAPON: It’s a mentality that everyone I work
with has – to make sure that everyone is very comfortable. When
you walk into the bar you should be greeted, and when you leave
you should get a farewell. A focus that I have is to make everyone
feel like they’re my mate. Even if I don’t know them when they walk
in, you say hi and ask them how their day was as if it was your best
friend walking in. It makes people feel comfortable and once they
feel comfortable they can enjoy themselves a lot more.
WHEN NOT AT WORK YOU WILL FIND HIM: I come in on my nights
off to enjoy the bar from the other side. And I started playing mixed
netball – on a Monday my ritual is to not drink anything, play sport,
watch Game of Thrones and go to bed early.
SIGNATURE DRINK: One of mine from the menu that’s getting
served at Tales of the Cocktail – The Early Bird, a mezcal, maraschino,
lime drink with a stout and black peppercorn syrup.
SECRET PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION: It’s not a secret if I tell
you. But I don’t want to be in charge – I’ll get a friend to dominate
the world and be their minion.
Roll o Anderson
WORKS AT: The Rook, Sydney
BARTENDING HISTORY: I’ve been working for about
eight years. I fell in love with cocktail bartending from
the get-go but I hadn’t been involved in that real black-
tie service before. I had always worked in small bars
that were quite relaxed and fun and the focus was on
music. So it wasn’t until I’d been at The Rook for the
last three years that I’ve refined my cocktail bartending
to the point of taking it to the next level.
LOVES: It incorporates all the things that are most
important to me in life – people, music, drinks, and
chatting. I get paid to do what I would be doing at
home anyway, it’s fantastic.
SECRET SERVICE WEAPON: I think I have a really
informal and casual way of interacting with people. I
try to make people feel totally comfortable and totally
at home straight away – like we’re already mates as
soon as we say hello. I think people enjoy the fact that
they can ask me anything and just have a chat. Plus
I’m really passionate about the history of spirits and
cocktails, so I always try to share that passion and
people respond to my enthusiasm.
WHEN NOT AT WORK YOU WILL FIND HIM: I play
it’s one of my big passions. I also picked up a book for
the first time in two and a half years – it was so good. I
used to read all the time.
SIGNATURE DRINK: One I made for World Class, the
Tijuana Diplomat – Reposado Tequila, Amer Picon,
Cocchi Americano, and Hellfire Bitters.
SECRET PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION: I would get
into a position of power and restructure the working
week into a fortnight block. It would be, from Monday:
four days on, three days off; two days on, one day off;
two days on, two days off. The three days means you
can get away and come back totally refreshed and
hammer out your two days then have a breather, then
do your last two days. And the reason I would take
over the world is that people would be so productive
and happy, they would decide to crown the inventor
the ruler of the world. And that would be me.
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