Leon Dalloway




Leicester, the county of the pork pie, Richy the III, Englebert Humperdink, the mighty Leicester Tigers and Stilton cheese.


Recently went it alone to set up Shake, Rattle and Stir but now I'm working with Gin Journey tours. Previously at the City of London Distillery and Socio Rehab plus many many more.


The tiki bars of Manchester, Blind Pig in London, Bar High 5 in Tokyo, Tales and Spirits in Amsterdam.


Depends what time of day it is… Red Snapper, Negroni, Paloma, Manhattan/Martinez, whisky/rum in running order

Bad ass barman/rock n roll moment?

Crowd Surfing the bar dressed as Freddy Mercury.

Ever done it on a bar?

No, plenty of time though.

What's next for you?

Building up Shake, Rattle and Stir with all things gin, I have the Gin Journeys up and running, it’s a night out where the good people sip, slurp and learn about gin. I’m now looking to set up a bit of a day time event which takes in distilleries and famous gin sites… Watch this space.

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

The worst was a suit showing his car keys to my then girlfriend while she was sat at the bar chatting to me. They had a BMW keyring on them. They also had a picture of his family on them. Also anything my good mate Biggy came out with, often involving a pineapple bad but really good at the same time.

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

I’d call it Inkle Twinkletoes: It’d be blue. I’d use Sloane’s Gin, some herring pickle juice, a dusting of live sex show, and whatever else you could pick up on the Amsterdam streets. Garnished with a pony or 30

How do you like your Martini?

Gin-ny with a decent amount of vermouth, paint it red when it gets later.

What did you want to be as a kid?

A fly half for Leicester Tigers