Season 1

Design & Technology

Glass of drink and a man behind it
Chapter 1 – The problem with bar design
When we design bars - are we focusing too much on the wrong things? What functional problems do bartenders face when working behind the bar? How is this affecting customer experience? We speak to our leading bartenders to understand what’s going on.
02 Form and function
Chapter 2 – Form and function
We then meet product designer who is approaching bar design differently, using modern tech and industry insight to change how bartenders – and therefore customers - interact within the venue – exploring the importance of a functional bar space – and how purpose driven design decisions are everywhere.
03 Technology and Personality
Chapter 3 – Technology and Personality
Finally, we explore how modern tech can support these decisions – speaking to an IOT tech expert to look at how data can influence the design of bars, making it easier to tackle problems - before ending the episode with the sentiment that though there are many different approaches to design in the bar, all bartenders should do what works for them.

Who are bars designed for?

In this episode, we look at the impact that design and functionality (or the lack thereof) can have when running a bar – exploring how customer experience is only as good as the experience and efficiency of the bartenders themselves.

Along the way, we speak to a bar design expert, innovative bartenders and a tech professional – inspiring our audience with examples of beautiful – and functional – hospitality design, whilst uncovering the spectrum of decisions that can affect (and improve) the day-to-day workings of a bartenders workplace…


Further Reading

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Extracting flavour: Marcis Dzelzainis on how to use an alembic still

For the sixth installment of our extracting flavour series, bartender and co-founder of Idyll Drinks Marcis Dzelzainis talks alembic stills, from its origins to creating hydrosols and hydrolats – and how it compares to the rotovap  If you’ve visited distilleries, the most common type of still you’re likely to have come across is the alembic […]

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Extracting flavour series: Breaking down how supercritical fluid extraction works 

In the fourth instalment of our series on extracting flavour, head distiller and co-founder of Hepple Spirits Company Chris Garden explains how Hepple uses supercritical fluid extraction to extract juniper oil Supercritical fluid extraction is used in many industries, from the fragrance industry through to the pharmaceutical industry. By applying high pressure and temperature to […]

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Extracting flavour series: Marcis Dzelzainis on the pros and cons of using a rotovap

For the third instalment of our series, bartender and co-founder of Idyll Drinks Marcis Dzelzainis weighs up whether the mighty rotovap is worth the investment What is a rotovap? A rotary evaporator, or rotovap for short, is a type of still used to distil organic materials in a solvent, under vacuum, and at low temperature. […]

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10 Ways Instagram Can Improve Your Bar Business

Nowadays, a solid social media presence has become a key asset to a venue’s business strategy. However, you’ll still regularly hear it played down, with people often remarking on how easy it can be (“Oh, a few posts on Instagram, how hard can it be?”). But investing time or money in a high-quality social presence […]

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How Bartenders Think, When Designing Bar Tools

Very often, technology (and micro-technology even more) is not taken seriously when considering what elements goes into making the perfect drink. Of course, no serious drinking can take place without the best ingredients or skillfull technique, but the choice of tools you use to create those concoctions, also play a huge role. What are the […]

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What Goes Into Designing: Bar Tools with Wes & Elena Pickering 

In this episode of “What Goes Into Designing” we talk to Wes and Elena Pickering, the founders of leading London design and production agency Inkorporate as they talk us through the process of designing Bar Tools.

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