7 Questions for The Bartender: Roadhouse Bartender Marian Sikky Chmel

At a very young age, Bartender Marian Sikky Chmel had dreams travelling the world. But limited source of finances, he had a creative idea.


At a very young age, Bartender Marian Sikky Chmel had dreams travelling the world. But limited source of finances, he had a creative idea. He thought of bartending is as similar with travelling, using ingredients from all around the world, mixing them and creating cocktails! Chmel had gathered inspiration from everywhere which includes looking back from his roots. To this date, Marian Sikky Chmel has been the pride of London’s The Roadhouse.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. When and why did you decide to work as a bartender and what do you love most about your job?

When I was young, about 12-13 years old, I really wanted to travel the world but I didn’t have any money. What I intended to do was work as a waiter on cruise ship which can be nice because I get to see the world. And as soon I tried get to gastronomy business I found bartending is an easier way to travel the world.

Behind the bar I have around 100 bottles and each one is from different country. To mix them together and to be creating cocktails is for me – like traveling from one part of the world to the other. And also I didn’t spend money for travel , because people pay me and tip me for my traveling 😉

2. What was your funniest moment as a bartender?

There is so many of situations which make me laugh but for example: when a customer is asking for menu and the menu is right in front of him or when a customer is asking if we are making drinks and I am staying behind bar with back bar full of bottles and asking him what he would like or when one of the customers on festival get on bar, and the bar is slippery or when a customer is drunk!

Image: Marian Sikky Chmel, The Roadhouse


3. What is your favourite drink and why? What is your last creation?

My favourite drink is classic Daiquiri. Why ? Great and smooth combination of relaxation, partying, freedom and enjoyment – all together!

For my last creation was from my last shift when one of the customers asked me to to do something for him , so I just asked him what he like and he said whiskey and coke. So I tried to add a little  twist on it with Lynchburg Lemonade with fresh mango and it really made a big difference .

4. What is the best bar you have ever been and why?

Best bar I ever been is unfortunately closed. It was bar LAB in Londons Soho. I used to work there but besides that, it was the place when gastronomy meets party and day off. When bartenders making awesome crazy drinks and knows classics like they working in a 5 star hotel. Everything tip top in the heart of Soho.

5. Where do you get your inspirations from? Is there a person and why?

My inspirations are from everywhere. I´m trying to stick with my roots where I am from so from there if I start from history I have to many things to twist and use and I  learned from it

6. What is your advice for someone who wants to work as a bartender?

Love it !!! Just enjoy every single thing you do. Customers will feel that you love your job and they will keeps eyes on you nonstop

7. Beer or Caipirinha? Vodka or Gin?

Beer and Gin

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