Minakshi Singh Co-founder & CEO of Sidecar & Speakeasy on building India’s best bar & being featured in the coveted Asia 50 best bars in 2020
Minakshi started with an Excel spreadsheet back in 2006. And this year has recently been awarded the best bar in India , and in Asia’s 50 best bars list of 2020. Amazing achievement considering women working in bars is extremely uncommon. it's a bit of a taboo subject. So she talks about how she overcame those challenges. She talks about finding her passion, Working 14-15 hours a day. She reveals how she got people in India to drink an Old Fashioned & Whisky Sour’s! What she learned about herself during lockdown. We talk about indian’s complicated relationship with alcohol. And finally she shares her secrets to making a great cocktail. It's truly an amazing story and one that will inspire you as well.
in this conversation we also talk about:
- How she came up with concepts and themes
- Building a bar from scratch or buying an established business.
- Non alcoholic v alcoholic cocktails
- Favorite cocktails.
- Dealing with the lockdown.
- Getting an adrenaline rush from bartending
- Why being a bartender is similar to giving a theatre performance .
- Not taking it too seriously
- Dealing with bureaucracy
- Advice on building your own bar,
- Getting women into the industry
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