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One-on-One with Robin Goodfellow

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You probably recognize the tattoos and the glasses! There’s also much more to Robin Goodfellow.

Bartender, owner and consultant, Robin does it all thanks to a passion for the industry and an addiction to COFFEE. But his favourite place will always be behind the bar where he likes to craft cocktails and the spirits themselves, showcasing endless creativity and care.

Here’s an exclusive portrait.
To learn even more from Robin, don’t miss the Toronto Cocktail Conference August 13 to 15.

Tell us about the first cocktail you ever created?

I’m too old to remember that.

What spirit do you most enjoy working with?

Coffee.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to a young bartender?

“Do or do not, there is no try.”
– Yoda

What do you do to ensure that you have a good life-work balance?

Yoga. Coffee. Rock climbing. More coffee.

What’s your all-time favourite cocktail?

Campari Daiquiri.

Where do you find inspiration when creating cocktails?

“Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.”
– Lex Luthor

What cocktail book would you recommend to new bartenders?

Imbibe by David Wondrich!

What’s your most essential bar tool?

Dr. Scholls.

If you could change anything in the hospitality industry, what would it be?

Come to my seminar.

What do you most admire about the bartending profession?

It’s a glamoured, entry-level industry slowly being swallowed by the poverty line. The hospitality industry may be the closest thing to a societal canary.

What three trends do you see shaping the cocktail world over the next year?

Trends are things we make fun of two years from now.

Tell us about something we haven’t asked. Anything!

Stay tuned for my podcast 🙂

 

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