During this year’s Bar Convent Berlin, our school manager Filip Sarilar spoke with the bartender and founder of the Cocktails for you. His name is Eddie Rudzinskas, and he is a person who supports all bartenders and shares bar news through his Instagram profile. People love him because he is honest and always smiling. He told our Filip about his beginnings and how the story with social networks began. One thing is certain, Eddie is a really smiling and cheerful person that we see on social networks.
If you want to know more about him, how lives the bartender who keeps his diary and supports his colleagues through social media, read the interview with him.
Humbling beginnings. What it was, what was humbling beginnings. It started as my personal diary. It wasn’t just about me, about the community. It was just me as a bartender posting pictures of events, masterclasses, competitions and accentures like that. But over the years it just grew out into a sort of more and more thing. So they just grow out, even out of me. So it’s not only about me. And that is how Cocktails for you is born. Here you go. Counting 1.8 million now.
Well, the best advice is one thing you have to know. When you’re on social media you’re, or fake it or you’re not real. And when people meet it, they expect them to see what they see online. If you’re a different person, you’re f*cked. Well, and then if you see a man being drinking and you see me in real life, I’m still having a drink now in the glass. So I haven’t changed. Well, fortunately, I’m 36 years old. I was still acting like a kid.
Filip: How many years?
36. I know I look younger. Thank you. Thank you for complimenting me.
Ohh well, in the 1st place, I didn’t see you in London (laugh). Where is the energy coming from? The secret of energy is coffee in the morning.
Filip: Is there a little bit of Grappa in your morning coffee?
Well, listen, you asked me about energy. I told you it was a coffee. What goes in the coffee? It’s my own business. (laugh) I don’t do drugs, just in case if you take my words and put them upside down. I really think what gives good energy is a community and the right people. Once you can separate the negative people away and everything else is fine because there are people who like to hear you, people who like to communicate and there,people too hungry to listen. So they want to stay humble, stay with them. It’s cool. Just stay away from negative people. Yeah, yeah. Then they’re never going to be f*cking happy.
There are two reasons behind being good at supporting the community, which is really, really cool. People appreciate it. And another thing, you can do everything by yourself. Also, if you want to be successful, make sure people around you are successful and share them. In our industry, you can only deal with other bartenders.
Ohh yes, I’ve been to Croatia. The last member I have Croatian is with the receptionist. So the last time they were receptionists, because I checked, came in a hotel and came back to the hotel at 11:00 o’clock in the morning. And check out at 11:05. So, in Croatia I only took my luggage. Yeah, I couldn’t leave my luggage and I come back to pick up my luggage. So it was like a hotel storage.
I think so. I really want to go back to Croatia. I really want to go to see it because last time I went it was like a very short, very short time and I cann’t judge a country or community by just making a 5 hour trip when you go in the piss.
Champagne. I love beer. Ohh depends. I’d say the drink is a very very sort of overrated thing. It always depends on the bubbles. They always make me happy. People get used to it drinking bubbles just to celebrate. But, you don’t need to drink bubbles just to celebrate. You can celebrate all the time.
I don’t really know but the drink was like I said. I’m a sort of gin and tonic guy. I love the really good red wine. I love champagne. I love beer. I think it’s a mood thing, as you know I mean. Even if I say I’m a big wine enthusiast, if I go to a nightclub I’m not going to f*cking order a glass of red wine. We’re probably going for shots. You know what I mean..
Thank you Eddie for spending your time with us, It was great to meet you. Hope to see you soon in Croatia.