Jess Old from Itch Wine Bar
Jess Old can not only pour a mean cocktail, but she can belt out a tune or two. Having trained at the globe theatre in London our Itch Bar Manager will be debuting as one of the divas in Priscilla Queen of the Desert set to hit TSB Showplace Thursday 20th June. Born and bred New Plymouth girl – The West End Precinct sat down to find out a bit more.
The key to a perfect drink?
Balance and Love.
Gin or Vodka?
GIN! Particularly vibing New Zealand Gin.
Weirdest drink request?
Most expensive champagne on our wine list topped up with red bull.
Best thing about working in a bar?
A drink I could never touch again…?
Jim Beam – no explanation required.
A song that would always be on your playlist?
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac.
Advice for prospective bartenders?
My philosophy is to drink better not more. Learn about the story of each product, people are genuinely interested in the origins and key ingredients.
I’d love to make a drink for? And what would you make for this person and why?
Dame Judi Dench. I think it would be great banter. I would make her a whiskey because I think she would be an old fashioned kind of girl.
Best hangover cure in the West End Precinct?
Ms White pizza with extra cheese!