Each week we catch up with one of Manchester's favourite bartenders to talk about the city's bars, pubs and clubs. After all, what better way to get an insight into a bar than from the person serving the drinks? This week we ask Ben Bravington-Sim, bartender at Australasia, a few questions...
Name: Ben Bravington-Sim
Works at: Australasia
You should come for drinks at Australasia because… we have a nice chilled out atmosphere during the week, and at the weekends it's nice and lively. We've got a really interesting cocktail list with some ingredients and flavours you might not have tried before.
I'll whip you up a… Rose And Lychee Martini. It's such a simple drink but it's that simplicity which is really clever about it. The flavours really work - and it comes in a James Bond glass. What more do you need?
Mine's a… Negroni probably. I genuinely do like them. Again, it's the simplicity. My old man really likes them as well - I made one for him and it's his favourite drink now.
The best thing about being a bartender is… the social aspect. I get to do some of my favourite things - making drinks and chatting to people. We get some really interesting characters - it definitely stretches my imagination.
Not many people know this but… hmm what do people not know that I'm willing to say? I know, I used to be captain of my fencing team at school!
Come and see me on… most evenings, from Wednesday to Sunday.
Follow me on Twitter @AustralasiaMcr