Some of the leading figures in the world’s bar industry are lined up to talk about their lives and inspirations in a new series of events under the banner of The London Sessions.
Held once a month, each session will focus more on people than drinks, with speakers sharing knowledge, talking about hospitality and telling their stories about their experiences.
The first will be held on Monday July 6 at 1pm at Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, east London, with two multi-award-winning bartenders, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry (pictured) of The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog bar in Lower Manhattan.
The sessions are free and primarily for people in the bar industry but, as space is limited, tickets must be booked in advanced. Visit www.facebook.com/theldnsessions for details. The first session is supported by Jameson whiskey and Fever-Tree mixers and each ticket includes a glass of Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee.
Sean and Jack will also be signing copies of the Dead Rabbit menu, on sale for a reduced price of £20. After the event, Jack will go behind the bar to make drinks with the Callooh Callay team. There will also be Guinness on tap for the first time at the bar.
The London Sessions are being produced by a group of five from the bar industry: Tomas Estes of the Pacifico Group, Gareth Evans of The Social Company, Simon Thompson of Callooh Callay, Elliot Davies of Hawksmoor Spitalfields, and events and marketing specialist Rebekkah Dooley.
Rebekkah said: “We’ve brought together some of our favourite storytellers, who just so happen to be some of the greatest industry professionals in the world, to find out what shaped them.
“Our thinking is that the best knowledge is shared knowledge, and that we can learn a lot from those who do it best.”
Future sessions will be held at Callooh Callay, The Social Company’s Blind Pig and City Social, or the Pacifico Group’s El Nivel.
Picture by Daniel Krieger.