Our new video series, ‘Behind the Bar’, shines a light on businesses and people in the hospitality industry who have used their creativity to survive and thrive during the pandemic.

This series celebrates a selection of those in the industry who have responded to the circumstances by pivoting their careers or businesses, or who have launched exciting initiatives to engage with their customers and the community.

A new interview will be uploaded every week, in which Jen Baernreuther, Director at Speciality Drinks, sits down (albeit virtually) with one of these figures to discuss their experiences. Learn more and watch the videos below.

The award-winning bars which evolved to serve their customers at home

Edmund Weil from Oriole, Nightjar and Swift talks about how the pandemic affected his bars, the challenges of opening a new Swift in the middle of a pandemic as well as the launch of a new at home cocktail service, Speakeasy at Home.

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Making a positive impact on the hospitality industry and beyond

Anna Sebastian, Bar Manager of The Artesian has been spending her time whilst the bar has been closed doing good. She has been volunteering with the homelessness charity, Under One Sky, and shares with us why it is such an important cause and one particularly relevant for the hospitality industry. She has also just launched Celebrate Her, a new initiative tackling gender equality in hospitality.

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Changing career mid-pandemic

Declan McGurk, Commercial Director for The Boatyard Distillery, talks about the future of our industry, shares experiences of his exciting new role at Boatyard Distillery, and offers advice to anyone looking for new opportunities.

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Restaurant group’s launch of a successful 'at home' service

We talk to Liam Davy, Group Bars Director at the renowned Hawksmoor chain, about their early-to-market launch and the success of “Hawksmoor at Home”.

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Taking a brave step: turning passion to a profession

Ladislav Piljar has spent his career running some of the best bars in London and Edinburgh. He shares his experience of launching a new business geared towards an industry that has been largely closed, the ways he has overcome these challenges and his hopes for the future of his business and the wider industry.

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Sowing the seeds of recovery

We talk to Lil Caldwell, Creative Director and Co-owner of floral design studio Grandirosa, about the impact of the closure on their key on-trade customers and how the company has had to evolve in order to survive.

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