Tag Archives: Spirit of Art

“Inspired by the Joker and the Thief from Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower”

Alex Dyzart is from Kent but he aquired his cocktail mixing skills in Auckland’s speakeasies during a two year stay in New Zealand. On returning to the UK Alex fell on his feet and joined the team at the famous … Continue reading

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“Following a wandering heart without reference to time”.

Happiness Forgets is wonderful name for a bar and until a few months ago that is where you would have found Julian Zerressen. He is now storming a ‘pop-up’ cocktail bar called the Art of the Aperitif, at the Langham … Continue reading

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“It’s a personal statement by one individual for another”.

One day a week Adriano Di Giovanni spends a solid six hours just preparing for cocktails. Just three years ago Adriano left sunny Sicily with the express intention of becoming a world class cocktail specialist. For the last year or … Continue reading

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Tattoos and bartending are a blend of two profound subcultures

“They’re a very personal scrapbook”, Nathan Shearer says of his tattoos. “I got my first when I was 19. It was a small act of rebellion and a bold step into a new subculture. Since then they have become markers … Continue reading

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Hanna Bixo & The Spirit of Art 2014

“My surname is Portugese, I was born in Gothenburg, to Swedish parents and raised in the chilly north of Sweden. I also have a native North American ancestor and I celebrate that with a geometric arrow tattoo”, says Hanna Bixo. … Continue reading

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Mum said, if you’re going to spend most of your life in a bar, you may as well get paid for your time

Born into a family line of bartenders, Iain Griffiths learned his trade in Brisbane, improved it in Melbourne, polished it in Sydney and brought it to perfection in London via a stint in Edinburgh. Why trek half way around the … Continue reading

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Sarah Mitchell and The Spirit of Art

“It was a gradual realisation that what I really wanted was to be a top bartender, at a top joint”, says Sarah Mitchell, a Sydneysider with all the enthusiasm and energy we have come to expect from Australians abroad. “I’m … Continue reading

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Jake Blanch & The Spirit of Art 2014

The first of 11 featured bartenders in this year’s Spirit of Art is Jake Blanch. Jake has been interested in cocktails for as long as he can remember and as soon as he hit 18 he turned his interest into his … Continue reading

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Introducing the New Giffard Spirit of Art

One Monday morning in November, as the rain poured down on Upper Street, 11 of London’s finest and most colourful bartenders met at Zilouf’s, in Islington, for a photoshoot with renowned photographer Theo Chalmers. Last year the Giffard Spirit of … Continue reading

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