Hospitality Philosophy

10 Must-Have Bits of Kit for All Bars

When talking about must-have bar equipment this pretty obvious listicle shouldn't even be necessary right? Wrong, most bars and restaurants are still cocking up some of the most basic items their bartenders need. All these items save time, money and ...

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Fast Lemons, Limes and Herbs

Where can you get lemons and limes for juice or herbs for garnishes at the last minute? If you've ever worked behind a bar in hospitality this has happened to you: Deliveries are organised from your fruit and veg supplier the night before. ...

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The Dark Side of Hospitality Pt 2 Harassment

Harassment Hospo, we have a problem. The last post I wrote was about the hospitality industry’s reliance on alcohol and drugs to deal with stress (as pointed out and challenged in the comments it’s more stressful for us than being a neurosurgeon). ...

The Dark Side of Hospitality Part 1

As an alcohol focused blog this is a tough post to write. Hospitality as an industry has a serious dark side of alcoholism and drug abuse. Whilst many in Australia join the "hospo crowd" to make some cash while they study for a "real job", ...

Stocking a Bar – Spirits

Bar managers, owners, restauranteurs and event managers this guide is for you. There are three things to consider when stocking a bar; price bracket, point of difference and how to sell. Most venues make the mistake of only focusing on one or two of ...

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Beyond The Beers Kickstarter

Beyond the Beers is for Men... just getting that out of the way up front, this post is for men. Not like exclusively, there's no stonecutting tools or secret handshakes here, it's just about blokes and something maybe a bit more serious than our ...

Healthy Bartending Habits: How To Keep Moving and Shaking 

If you’ve ever woken up the day after a marathon shift and have lost the capacity to move and the will to live, then this is an article for you. To most people, working in the bar industry may seem like fun and games (and more than a few shots). ...

Back To Basics Please

Around 15 years ago bartenders were taught be mixologists – maybe it’s time mixologists were taught to be bartenders. Cocktails and cocktail making has been around for a long, long time. Indeed, cocktails and the balancing of mixed drinks were ...

Should You Be an Uber Driver or Bartender?

The economy is slowing, house prices are rising, HECS/HELP is hitting sooner and kid you better forget about those penalty rates. To all those hammering away at a university degree or saving their spare cash for a home deposit here's the cold hard ...

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Liquor and Lies – Fake Histories of Classic Cocktails

After nearly 7 years of constant research, bar ownership, alcohol obsession and getting my friends and family intoxicated "for science", I've finally started to bring together the recipes and histories of my favourite alcohols and cocktails. In Vol ...