Greg Sanderson (@GregSanderson) is a Cocktail Bartender, Co-Founder & National Operations Manager of the Speakeasy Group, and easily one of Australia’s most prominent bar operators.
The Speakeasy Group owns a range of stunning venues in Melbourne and Sydney including Eau de Vie, Mjøllner, Nick & Nora’s, and Boilermaker House.
Greg has indirectly had a major impact on so many people in the hospitality industry, from waiters to bartenders to chefs - we all respect the level he holds himself accountable to, making us want to be better.
I remember first meeting Greg at a Diageo training event way back in my hospitality days, and you could clearly see that he was a man that had an unbridled seriousness for creating amazing experiences. Whether it’s innovating through crowdfunding raises, or opening iconic institutions like Eau de Vie - Greg and his business partner Sven continue to excite us all.
A great episode, where we discussed:
The politics of Lemon, Lime & Bitters
Falling in love with Hospitality
Melbourne’s passion for cocktails
How to mix the perfect bartender
The Speakeasy Group & its venues
Managing stress in the industry
What hasn’t changed
Trends he’d like to see go away
Enjoy the episode!
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01:38 - Introduction
03:43 - The politics of Lemon, Lime & Bitters
05:59 - The Melbourne Bartender Exchange
08:00 - A focus on service
12:27 - Sources of inspiration
17:11 - Falling in love with Hospitality
21:49 - Living in Edinburgh
28:00 - Where bartender stars hail from
29:26 - Melbourne’s passion for cocktails
35:16 - How to mix the perfect bartender
36:47 - Mentor program
41:48 - The Speakeasy Group
47:46 - High margin vs high volume
56:10 - Nick & Nora’s and Mjølner
01:02:23 - Game of Thrones nights
01:08:11 - Managing stress
01:12:50 - What hasn’t changed
01:15:30 - A trend he’d like to see go away
01:17:51 - Morning routine
01:20:19 - Best purchase under $200
01:21:20 - If he could have a billboard anywhere in Australia
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