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Yuriko Naganuma

Meet Yuriko Naganuma – Head Bartender at Bar De Luxe

Meet Yuriko Naganuma, Head Bartender at newly opened Bar De Luxe, Hong Kong, and protege to legendary mixologist and owner of Tokyo’s Bar High Five, Hidetsugu Ueno. Yuriko chatted to Drinks Worlds about how a love for...
Mario Calderone

Meet Mario Calderone – Bar Manager at Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge

Born and raised in the island of Sicily, Mario Calderone has spent the last ten years traveling the world, working at acclaimed bars and restaurants across London, Australia and Hong Kong, including Novikov Restaurant,...
Charly Kusaksizoglu


Charly Kusaksizoglu
 – From Bartender to Bar Builder

Serhan Kusaksizoglu, or Charly as he is affectionately known, has journeyed from behind the bar to building bars. He has worked at some of the world’s most iconic venues, including the legendary Schumann’s Bar...

Meet Josh O’Brien – Australian Bacardi Legacy Finalist

Josh O’Brien, bartender at The Bowery in Brisbane and cocktail competition fiend, chatted to Drinks World’s Lukas Raschilla about how he went from teaching to bartending, competitions, and how he finally made it through...
Weihenstephan

Meet Marcus Englet of Weihenstephan, the World’s Oldest Brewery

Marcus Englet, Export Sales Director of Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest brewery, was in Australia earlier this year as part of the Oktoberfest in the Gardens event in Sydney and Sydney Craft Beer Week. The...
Kirill Runkov interview

Meet Kirill Runkov of VEA Restaurant & Lounge, Hong Kong

Kirill Runkov, recently appointed Bar Manager at the 1 Michelin-starred VEA Restaurant & Lounge, Hong Kong, says he’s held every role in the industry. From service waiter to dish washer, back bar to bartender,...
Ryan Nightingale

Five Minutes with Ryan Nightingale

Ryan Nightingale is the Head Bar Manager of Jason Atherton collaborations, which includes Ham & Sherry, Back Bar, 22 Ships and Aberdeen Street Social. With humble beginnings and countless odd jobs in the industry,...
Antonio Lai

Antonio Lai Mixes It Up In Australia

Drinks World had the opportunity to sit down with world-class Hong Kong bartender and bar owner Antonio Lai whilst he was in Australia as part of The Blend program run by Beam Suntory. We...

Ben Hasko Is Named Australia’s Third Master Sommelier

Ben Hasko of Cru Wines and Bootleggers has successfully passed the Master Sommelier examination. He now joins Frank Moreau MS of Merivale and Sebastian Crowther MS of the Rockpool Group as Australia’s third Master Sommelier. Preparing...
Mark Littler

Meet Mark Littler, Master Distiller at Hellyers Road

Whisky and milk are an unusual combination, but Mark Littler of Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky distillery, Hellyers Road, currently splits his time between distilling at Hellyers Road and the dairy business. Drinks World sat...