When you set up a pop-up bar at the world’s biggest bartending competition, you can expect a few legends to stop by. Tim Philips-Johansson did just that with The Last Word bar – and took the chance to mix a drink for some of the biggest names in the industry. Check out the videos below to hear words of wisdom from the likes of Dale DeGroff, Ivy Mix and Julio Bermejo on what they love about bartending, their drinks inspiration and how you can save the world, one plastic straw at a time…
Jamie oversees over a dozen venues internationally and represented Great Britain in the World Class Global Finals last year. Here, he drops by The Last Word Bar and chats to Tim about what bartenders can learn from the precision of pastry chefs, perfecting your prep, and putting a twist on a Bloody Mary.
After competing in the 2012 World Class Global Finals Tim and Ricky go head-to-head once more in another cocktail challenge – only this time it’s not just their bartending being put to the test! Ricky also chats about the importance of a bar and kitchen team working together to get the best results.
Bar legend Julie Reiner was voted Best Bar Mentor in 2013, and is the owner of the iconic Clover Club in Brooklyn. In this episode, Julie draws from her own experience on what matters when it comes to successfully developing as a bartender and making a bar a success.
There's been a lot of emphasis on bartenders learning from chefs and how these skills can take their drinks-making to the next level, but what can chefs learn from bartenders? Benjamin Padrón has the answer to that and more in this episode of The Last Word.
Erik Lorincz walks us through the realisation that opening his bar back in Slovakia required more from him than just the perfect drinks menu. Check out the episode below to find out more about his journey, and why his love for the classics is unwavering.
From small town beginnings to world travels, Ivy Mix champions the sustainability message wherever she goes. She chats to Tim about the challenges of reducing our impact on the environment, and how we can overcome them to make sustainability second nature.
Tim takes a trip down memory lane with bartending legend Dale Degroff – the man behind some of the world’s best-known drinks. They chat about Dale’s journey, his inventions and whether personality or technique matters most behind the bar.
Tim quizzes the father of the bar sustainability movement, Dré Masso, on his career, how a green bar can save you money, and the one cocktail he’d choose to drink for the rest of his life. Check out the full episode below for a hit of inspiration.
Tim creates his own version of the Tommy’s Margarita – named the Timmy’s Margarita, naturally – for the creator himself, Julio Bermejo, and finds out what inspired Julio to reinvent this classic cocktail. Watch the full episode below for a peek into Julio’s world.