Lee Potter Cavanagh




Sydney, Australia


In London: I was at HIX Sydney: From beach front pubs to Kings Cross night clubs and everything in between more than 10 years working in Sydney means I've worked all over the shop! I ran The Victoria Room and now I am a Cocktail Cowboys brand consultant.


The two happiness' (Trailer and Forgets) and The Artesian in London, Shady Pines, Mojo, Low 302, North Bondi RSL and The Corner House in Sydney, Black Pearl and The Supper Club in Melbourne, Raines Law Room, EO and Maison Premiere in New York, Seven Grand and La Descarga in LA, Tommy's in San Fran, The Columbia Room at The Passenger in DC, Cure, Erin Rose and The Alibi in New Orleans.



Bad ass barman/rock n roll moment?

Every time I see someone's eyes light up in excitement from a drink I've just made for them, I think, ROCK N ROLL! Either that or literally rolling with Snoop Dogg.

Ever done it on a bar?

Even if I had, I wouldn't tell.

What's next for you?

Doing a short stint opening "The Big Easy" in Covent Garden, then heading back to Sydney for December & January. After that who knows? Would love to head to NYC.

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

Best: How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice! Worst: Are those space pants? Because your arse is out of this world! (I think that all chat up lines belong in the worst category really. If you need chat up lines you should probably be internet dating and not in my bar).

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

I have a degree in Social Work.

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

Having drunk with a few of you it would probably just be a layback of whatever was lying around! Either that or a mightily strong old fashioned that would contain Appleton 12yr, a Stout reduction, a dash of sea buckthorn juice, Bittermen's Xocolatl bitters, Adnam's Copperhouse Absinthe and a twist of orange. Served with Blood Orange Sorbet. BarChocOrange.

How do you like your Martini?

Up, 3:1, dash orange bitters (Bitter Truth please), lemon twist, aged gin if poss, you got the new Beefeater Burrough's Reserve yet?

What did you want to be as a kid?

A Bush Ranger or a Fighter Pilot. Basically Ned Kelly or Maverick.