Alex had something of a banner year in 2019, taking out the Australian leg of Diageo’s World Class competition and representing the country at the global finals in Glasgow. And 2020 is off to a great start for him, too, as he takes on the role of head of mixology for Speakeasy Group.
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Here, Sven Almenning shares some advice on making a career in the industry, his thoughts on the ideal bar experience, the trends he wants to see this year and more.
“We are aiming to fill the Nick & Nora’s roster with the best of the best,” says Greg Sanderson, Speakeasy Group national operations manager.
If you head down to the Sydney outpost of Mjølner, you’ll be able to watch as the bartenders there give their take on the Blazer a burn.
The Speakeasy Group have opened their Pathway to Partnership Program to the wider bar world; it could help you to realise your bar ownership ambitions.
“Who they’re with as well makes a massive difference,” says Laura Roscioli, “because if they’re friends with whisky snobs or drink connoisseur, they can be very like ‘Oh, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.'”
Here, Alex Dahlenburg — Mjølner’s general manager — details what it looks like running the much-talked about viking-inspired eatery and bar on a typical recent day.
As with all things Speakeasy Group — whom you may know from such award-winning bars as Eau de Vie Sydney and Melbourne, Boilermaker House, and Mjolner Sydney and Melbourne — they’ve brought their signature flair for the extravagant to the new venue, which might be their most ambitious yet.
SVEN ALMENNING is the managing director and owner of the influential Speakeasy Group of venues — Eau de Vie Sydney and Melbourne, Boilermaker House, Mjølner Sydney and Melbourne, and the forthcoming Parramatta venue, Nick & Nora’s.
Sven Almenning lands at number two on the Most Influential List this year; here, see what he thinks the trends will be in 2018 and who he thinks is at the vanguard of the next generation.