James Wynn-Williams




Christchurch – New Zealand.


I was Group Bar Manager at All Star Lanes but now work for Bacardi


Portobello Star, Forty Thieves (Diani Beach - Kenya), The Mussel Inn (Golden Bay – New Zealand), Lab, Trailer Happiness, Matterhorn (Wellington – New Zealand), The Concrete Club (Christchurch – New Zealand RIP) and All Star Lanes of course.


Chocolate Milk

Bad ass barman/rock n roll moment?

Would have to be the carnival weekend from 2009, worked Thursday night at Trailer H, left and taxied to Stanstead, 5am red eye flight to Porto to a friends wedding spent all Friday drinking next to the pool then had a couple of hours sleep, wake up for the wedding, DJ’d the reception (Jake Burger + Mambo no 5 + Wedding = the worm), left the reception taxied back to Porto, flew back to London early Sunday morning, bus to Notting Hill to walk onto our outdoor bar to find about 400 people waiting for a warm can of Redstripe and rum punch. Continued to work without sleep till early late Monday evening and then I woke up on the couch halfway through taking my shoes off on Tuesday evening with 19 missed calls from an annoyed pizza guy on my phone.

Ever done it on a bar?

Does dry humping count?

What's next for you?

Coffee, I am jet lagged to f**k, no seriously some new sites openings for All Star then back towards the southern hemisphere to hopefully open my own venue.

Best/worst chat up lines you've heard at a bar?

Was outside a bar, there was a guy standing in the smoking area stopping girls as they walked by and saying ‘excuse me you’re beautiful’ it was the worst and the best as after the 10th girl or so one finally ended up stopping for a drink and leaving with him (machine gun theory ftw)

Tell us a secret or something we don't know?

if you put the rounded end of a pickle into a microwave it will explode in a ball of flames.

If you were to make a barchick cocktail, what would you put in it?

I would make you the ‘Whats up Jack’ 35ml Gentleman Jack 25ml Home-made carrot consume 7.5ml Bitter Truth Falernum 5ml Agave Syrup 10ml Egg White Tasty.

How do you like your Martini?

Beefeater, Wet, Lillet Blanc and lemon twist

What did you want to be as a kid?

an All Black