TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
In my past life I was a music journalist, a badly trained designer, and very much a Darlinghurst/Surry Hills local. I love music, books, booze, and the fact that so far in my life there have never been two days the same.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DARLO BAR
When I first moved to the city this was my chosen local, in fact I used to come here to perv on the bartenders, one of whom I’m still dating 7 years later (he’s since given up the bar). This is also my second stint working here, I used to sling drinks between here and the Greenpark a few years back, adding up then and now I think I’ve probably clocked up a bit more than 2 years working , and nearly a decade drinking at Darlo. I love this pub.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO HOSPITALITY?
Like a lot of people I started in hospitality to pay my rent, but I STAYED in hospitality because of its amazing ability to connect people from all echelons of society, its often difficult but wonderfully creative problem solving, and how dynamic it is from a business side. It’s a very fickle industry and reliance on things like broad appeal, market trends, availability of product and general societal whims makes it a very exciting (and often tiring) industry.
FAVOURITE DRINK TO MAKE?
Wine, in a glass, which then goes directly into my mouth. I also really enjoy other people making me drinks at this stage, but I will probably wince if you do something wrong. I have never been able to control my facial expressions. Especially after a glass or two of the aforementioned wine.
FAVOURITE TUNE AT WORK?
I used to really enjoy putting on Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights at the end of a night when people had to leave, regardless of the nights previous musical style. You really get to see who has had enough fun to really embrace it and interpretive dance it out compared to the people who just hear it and immediately leave because they don’t know what to do.
FAVOURITE DARLO STORY
Stalking my current partner into submission, obviously. I really loved the old Tuesday night cinema’s upstairs, they used to project old movies onto one of the courtyard walls and bring our blankets and popcorn and that was such a lovely time. I also remember once upstairs the whole pub full of people throwing around an imaginary ball for hours. Just passing around this totally invisible ball across the space between all the customers, who were mostly strangers, but everyone was in on it. It’s that type of place, odd and communal. That’s why it’s so special.
FAVOURITE DARLO BAR EVENT
Anything Jay Katz and Miss Death do. They are incredible, incredible humans with such wildly creative spirits. I really love them.
YOU'RE A LEGEND, ALEX!
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