Ely’s newest late night bar, Bar-ology, is currently recruiting – and you don’t need to know the difference between a Flaming Ferrari and a Sidecar to get your bartending skills into gear!
With just 20 days to go until Bar-ology on Fore Hill opens its doors on October 28, owner Rob Gilkes says the main qualities he’s looking for are people who are “dedicated and passionate” – and in it for the long haul.
He and fiancée and manager Megan Snooks, a former cocktail waitress, will be teaching mixology – the art of mixing fancy drinks (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail) – as well as other skills needed to keep customers happy.
Bar-ology will be hiring 10 staff to cover a range of tasks, with job interviews taking place next week.
Rob, who has a background in the hospitality trade, as well as in marketing, says: “We want an enthusiastic and dedicated new team made up of confident, energetic, happy people.”
Applicants must be 16 or over and can be looking for part time and full-time roles.
Catering for over 300 customers, Bar-ology will feature the DJing skills of Marc Fuccio, who’s previously played in Cambridge, London and Ibiza, and the first jukebox with a photo booth in East Anglia.
The upstairs area will be available for private hire on certain days, and will include a personal bar.
As well as providing cocktails, Bar-ology will be serving tapas style mini meals as well as award-winning coffees, teas and hot chocolates, and Rob hopes it will prove popular with the entire community.
“We want to be a community hub, a place where people can meet and chat.
“We don’t want to be stereotyped – we are not another nightclub.
“We are a late night bar but also a meeting place for people in the day.”
A moveable ramp will be provided to enable wheelchair and buggy users to access the building, and Rob hopes people of all ages, including families, will use the building in the daytime.
“We will be big on our coffees and teas.”
They will be offering a range of award-winning flower teas with therapeutic benefits as well as aiming to serve “the best coffee in Ely.”
Megan hopes people will be impressed with the tapas style mini-meals on offer, adding: “We want to make it as affordable as possible.”
The couple plan to offer three mini-meals for £10, promising quality cuisine that doesn’t cost the earth.
Rob bought the venue just two months ago. It had been empty since Jar Jars shut down two-and-a-half-ago and is currently undergoing an extreme makeover before its grand opening later this month.
Bar-ology will be open seven days a week, with late openings on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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