Working at Generator Hostel London
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Although Jesper and I had previously worked at the Generator in Barcelona working at another one in London was not entirely the same experience. We had been in London only one day when we landed a few shifts at Generator London. We had previously gone into the bar and scoped out what it had to offer. Although not such a large Gin selection the bar still very much held its own in regards to what Spirits and Liquors were on offer. This time Jesper and I were more or less ready for the challenge of working in a new bar.
The day arrived when it was time jump behind the bar and show our skills. We talked to the bartenders beforehand, just so we knew what to expect. Our first shift was during a weekday so they told us it would not be too busy, it would be an easy start to our working experience in London. We headed behind the bar and readied ourselves for the night ahead.
Time for a quick photo before starting work[/ebs_redbox]
The beginning of the shift proved to be Jesper and I practicing our flair skills, teaching and also learning. The bar was the perfect size so we could practice with very little worry of breaking or knocking over things. In between serving people we continued on with our flaring and the night proved to go extremely fast. During the night we quickly picked up on what went into the cocktails they made, most of them we already knew and only a few we didn’t.
A little bit of flair behind the bar[/ebs_redbox]
The atmosphere at the bar was very friendly with all the customers being people who were staying at the hostel, most of the time they stayed at the bar to tell their story and also share ours. It made the night go very quickly and it felt like we weren’t even working at all, just hanging around with our friends enjoying life. As the night came to an end Jesper and I couldn’t believe it had gone so quick, it only felt like we just started. It came down to how well the staff made us feel like one of the team. It was like we had been working there for months already, it barely felt like we had only just started working. The customers also made us feel right at home it felt like we just sitting down and swapping stories about our travels, as most people do when they stay at a Hostel.
Jesper getting to know one of the staff for Generator, MurphieMamadee[/ebs_redbox]
We finished up our first shift said goodbye to our newly made friends and headed to bed so we could start the next day fresh. The next day went by fast and it quickly turned into night and our second shift at Generator was about to begin. It followed the same formula as the night before the only difference being Jesper and I were more familiar with the bar and there were also faces from the night before. Personally both Jesper and I loved the fact that the bar was reserved for the people who were staying at the hostel. Because Generator London can house so many people the bar still fills up rather quickly and easily. The atmosphere created by the people staying at the hostel is truly something to see, everyone at the bar has their own unique story and is more then willing to share it. It creates something that in our opinion is unmatched.
Learning the till[/ebs_redbox]
Overall our experience at Generator London was very different, in the sense that every aspect of high-end bartending just came together to give us an unparalleled experience. Jesper and I learnt many things from those two shifts and we each took something away that we will use in the future bars we work in.