Apr 1, 2022
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Tristan Stephenson the renowned bar operator and host of the Diageo Bar Academy podcast, Bar Chat.
Tristan Stephenson is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He was the co-founder of London-based Fluid Movement, who have operated a number of bars in the capital, and Curious Laboratories beverage consultancy— he’s also quite handy with an espresso machine.
After co-founding Fluid Movement in 2009, Tristan went on to open Purl, his first bar, in 2010, and the Worship Street Whistling Shop in 2011 (Time Out London’s ‘Best new bar 2011’). 2016 Fluid Movement launched Black Rock, a breakthrough whisky bar concept that has been awarded the UK’s ‘Best Specialist Bar’ by Class Magazine every year since its opening. Black Rock was joined by Black Rock Tavern, an izikaya inspired whisky tavern in 2019.
In 2017 Tristan co-launched Whisky-Me, an innovative whisky subscription service that delivers a monthly 6cl pouches of single malt through members’ letterboxes. In Autumn 2020 Whisky-me investment through the BBC’s Dragon’s Den.
Tristan was named Imbibe Magazine’s Innovator of the Year in 2019 and was awarded UK bartender of the year by CLASS Magazine in 2012, in the same year he was included in Evening Standard’s top 1000 most influential Londoners. He has appeared on various TV shows in the UK, including Market Kitchen, Live with Gabby and Something For the Weekend. Tristan is an occasional contributor to TIME.com.
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