Together with nine professional bartenders from the Nordic countries and one amateur I publish articles called I BAREN (IN THE BAR). The bartenders get to write about anything from their line of work and the business. They work in different cities around Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland and have a varying background. This because you are going get exciting ideas and articles on different levels. Today I present Ásgeir Már Björnsson from Reykjavik, Iceland the tenth professional bartender.
Name: Ásgeir Már Björnsson
Years in the business: 15 years
Official Job Title: Food and Beverage Manager
Currently resides: Reykjavik
Current work locations: Slippbarinn
How and why did you become a bartender and what other things are you passionate about besides bartending?
Just happened. Besides bartending I like knitting and reading.
What do you drink when nobody see?
Which one is your favorite ingredient right now?
Vinegar and sour beer.
Describe your approach to making cocktails in one word and tell us why that defines your style.
Atmosphere, it´s all in the air.
Have you done any competitions? If yes, how does a competition like this help you career-wise and on a personal level?
I don’t do a lot of competitions. I did one, Absolute Invite and I met a lot of crazy nice people.
Where do you find inspiration to your cocktails?
Which is the most common comment that you hear in your job as a bartender?
Where is the bathroom?
Of all the cocktails that you have been drinking during the years, which three pops up in your head and who made them for you?
– 21st Century by Andreas Nilson
– 8th ball by Carl Wrangel
– Don Lockwood by Oskar and Johan at Corner Club
Which 5 bars are your favorites around the world?
– Candelaria, Paris
– Barking Dog, Copenhagen
– Dutch Kills, New York
– Mikropolis, Copenhagen
– Corner Club, Stockholm