Ross Painter

Where are you currently working?

I currently work at an underground bar called Discount Suit Company. It used to be suit tailor’s store room. If you can’t imagine it when you close your eyes, I guess you’ll just have to come down and pay me a visit.

Tell us something about the industry we might not know!

All of us bartenders like Pickled Onion Monster Munch.

What is your favourite cocktail?

So much depends on what to drink, mood, setting, company, time. A martini is usually a safe bet in most scenarios.

Ever had a bad-ass/rock n roll bartending moment?

Not really. Had some very non bad ass moments, one of which was early in my career when chatting to two scantily clad ladies over the bar. I thought I was doing rather well with one of them but as I was shaking their White Russians I managed to smash myself in the face with the shaker and at the same time open the shaker. I didn't feel so confident with a split lip and covered in White Russian. No numbers were exchanged.

Where will we find you on your nights off?

Having a few drinks and a dance somewhere.

If you weren’t tending bar, what would you be doing?

Anything by the sea, in the sea or on the sea.

What is your desert island bottle?

Swap bottle for a bag in box, 20lt of Rich's Medium Cider.

What is your hangover cure?

Sleep. If sleep isn't an option, booze.