Who are we?
Angus Winchester’s contacts and knowledge have been built up over nearly 30 years of engagement with the best bars and bartenders in the world. As founder member of one of the first global bar consultancies, and now with Alconomics Asia in Hong Kong, Angus has provided on-premise consultancy, profit enhancement advice and training to trend setting outlets from Washington D.C. to Hong Kong, including the multi-award- winning Salvatore at Fifty (RIP alas) and Trailer Happiness in London, Mandarin Oriental Hotels in Hong Kong, Hainan and Bangkok, the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and Intercontinental Hotels globally.
Angus’s last full time role was as VP of Education and Training for Barmetrix which operates on 4 continents and works with over 5200 operations teams to enhance profits and elevate the Guest Experience as well a rolling out their Business of Bars program to help educate Managers and the next Generation of Industry Leaders.
Angus is also current the Global Education Director for BCB – Berlin, Brooklyn and Sao Paulo – curating the education programs for over 25,000 visitors and on more than 15 stages.
Angus’ next project is his own bar – a 4000sq ft basement site in Crown Heights in Brooklyn that was recently called ‘the most highly anticipated opening in the world in 2017’. He was featured in Imbibe Magazine as one of the “Imbibe 75” (people, places and flavours that will shape the way you drink in 2017)
Angus’ oddly phenomenal grasp of the heart and the heritage of spirits and cocktails is respected by bartending gurus and media around the world. He appears regularly in the pages of The New York Times, The London Independent, South China Morning Post, Toronto Star and many more to comment on drinks industry trends both current and future. He contributes to global trade magazines, and posts authoritatively on websites.
A regular, frequent and highly regarded speaker Angus has presented talks at: Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Tales of the Cocktail, London Bar Show, Bar Convent Berlin, Athens Bar Show, Sydney Bar Show, Restaurant and Bar Hong Kong, Portland Cocktail Week, Cocktails & Spirits Copenhagen and Paris, Venuez in Holland, Antigua Bar Show and many others.
He was been also nominated as Best International Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail three years running and in 2012 won the award. He also was named Wine Enthusiast Brand Ambassador/Mixologist of the Year for 2012 as well as winning the prestigious Golden Spirit Award at Tales 2014 for being the top rated presenter there. He was on the final short list for Best Bar Mentor in 2014/15/16 and won the 2016 award.
Renowned for his expertise in beverage programming, his knowledge of cocktails past and present, Angus creates seasonal new drinks, promotes innovative serves and common sense business solutions based on global intel, and revives long-lost classic creations for today’s demanding modern bartender and intrigued and interested civilians alike. And he shakes a mean cocktail when allowed to…
Oxford educated Angus is 49 years old, likes wearing bespoke suits and brightly coloured pocket squares, playing backgammon and flying business class.