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Rather than asking “why do we need bars?” The question really is, “why do we drink?” The answer seems simple, right? Not quite so simple once we look at the reasons people go to bars. Speaking to leading global bartenders and industry experts, who are ripping up the ‘rulebook’ and doing things differently, this theme explores the origins of bar culture, the ways it has evolved (depending on your outlook) and the role of bartenders: how it can be done differently, by broadening your perspective to create memorable experiences for your customers.

Cover for Chapter One - Why do we go to bars?
Chapter 1 - Why do we go to bars?
The value of bars Through a cultural lens – we start by briefly exploring why we gather together to drink – from a socio-anthropological perspective – and the value this adds to our lives, in all sorts of ways.
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Chapter 2 - Ensuring inclusivity
The different reasons why people go to bars and why bars add cultural value to our lives. How do you get inside customers’ heads – creating empathy, connection, and representation?
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Chapter 3 - Your culture, your bar
How do you create empathy and perspective, as a bartender? We learn about the importance of ‘understanding your audience’.
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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.

Further Reading

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Tricky Questions with Leonardo Leuci

He is one of the founders of Jerry Thomas Project in Rome, which pioneered modern mixology in Italy, opening in 2010. And he sat down with Campari Academy, to take the most challenging test: Leonardo Leuci is facing the Tricky Questions. How will he score?

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Tricky Questions with Ryan Chetiyawardana

World class bartender and enterpreneur Ryan Chetiyawardana faces Campari Academy's Tricky Questions: how did he perform?

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Tricky Questions with Leo Robitschek

Serious questions, funny answers and vice versa: it's Campari Academy's Tricky Questions, and Leo Robitschek sat down with us to face them!

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Hospitality Wears White: Alex Frezza and L'Antiquario

Right by the Gulf of Naples, L'Antiquario is bringing old school hospitality back to the city. Find out the importance of a White Jacket with Alex Frezza

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Word Association with Alex Frezza

Alexander Frezza, Naples native and bar industry leader joins us in a game of “Word Association”, sharing his thoughts around forgotten hospitality and the meaning of bars.

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The Timeless Story of the Negroni

The legendary Italian cocktail: the Negroni's history, from it's origin in Florence, to the remarkable Negroni Week

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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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Numbers Game: How Good Bar Design Can Impact Your Bar’s Profitability

Design choices can deeply impact the profitability of a bar. Check out how to implement the best ideas, here

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What Goes into Designing: Logo with Clementine Mitchell

In this episode of “What Goes Into Designing” Clementine Mitchell, designer and educator, breaks down what it takes to create both a meaningful and impactful Logo.

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Simon Ford - How to Create a Brand

Discover every detail you'll need to cover, for you to achieve the perfect brand creation. Here's our chat with Simon Ford

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