Danny is an experienced bartender, helping people choose their new favorite bottle of Whisky in The Good Spirits Company by day, and stirring up drinks across the bar at The Gate by night. How did he wind up in the wonderful world of Spirits? Let's sit back and have a sip with one of Glasgow's top notch bartenders. Sláinte!
When did that Eureka moment happen when you realized your mission is to be a bartender?So I was pursuing a career in photography at college when I got my first job as a bartender. I didn’t know much, but instantly fell in love with the social and creative aspect of the role - being able to engage with people and provide them with an experience, whilst exercising my creative side at the same time? It was a perfect fit for someone like me who wasn’t academically inclined while growing up. This has taken me on to work in what I view as two of the finest establishments in Glasgow, The Gate, and The Good Spirits Company.
What are the TOP 5 skills every bartender should have?Two skills that have benefited me are listening and patience, whether that be listening to a customer who’s had a rubbish day and just wants to sip a cold drink and offload, or taking constructive criticism - it's always steered me in the right direction. Good organizational skills are another, no one wants to work alongside a bartender who can’t keep their station clean and their priorities in check.
The last two would have to be quick thinking and having a good sense of humor - being able to deal with whatever the night throws at you and laughing about it after is key to getting through those tough shifts.