Russell Burgess

Who are ya, and are you currently working?

I’m Russell Burgess and I’m currently working at Loves At – an in-real-life and online bar, not only serving Kentish Town’s cocktail needs but also supplying cocktails nationally, via our online shop. I also run an events and consultancy company called Wet & Dry.

Tell us something about the industry we might not know!

How resistant and adaptable the industry is – the ability of my peers to shine in such a difficult time has been nothing less than astonishing.

What’s the best thing about the drinks industry?

The camaraderie. And supporting each other in times of great strife, such as now!

What is your favourite cocktail and where’s your favourite place to order it?

A shot of tequila and a bottle of Pacifico at Cafe Pacifico.

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

Standing chatting to Bill Clinton at Elton John’s house. I know that isn't really rock ’n’ roll as such, it’s just major name-dropping… but it was mad surreal. 

Where will we find you on your nights off?

I’d like to say something wild, but in reality, I’m home with the kids, teaching my eldest to shake cocktails – the gift that keeps on giving. 

What’s your party trick?

I can’t say here…

What’s your favourite cocktail to make?

Kalimotxo. If you know, you know. 

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

Househusband. It’s actually my dream. 

What is your desert island bottle?

La Hechicera Series Experimental No.2 Banana Infusion Rum

What is your hangover cure?

In today’s society, I’d love to say something really healthy and positive but, honestly, more booze.

If you were gonna create a cocktail for BarChick, what would you make? 

The aforementioned Kalimotxo using a bottle of Opus One.