Mix­ing it with the best

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANTHEA GER­RIE

HE IS a bar owner called Bar. And now he’s set to make his­tory as the first Is­raeli to take part in a pres­ti­gious coc­tail-mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

And Bar Shira, 35, has one dis­ad­van­tage. He op­er­ates in a coun­try with lim­ited al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

“But bar life is only down 20 per cent while the coun­try is at war,” he said.

Mr Shira grew up in a house­hold where al­co­hol was un­known.

“There was none in our house, not even Shab­bat wine.”

So how did he get to the point where is a con­tender for World Class Bar­tender of the Year, tak­ing place this week in Scot­land?

“The film Cock­tail has a lot to an­swer for,” he said. “It in­flu­enced both drinkers and shak­ers, although I don’t do flar­ing — all that bot­tle-jug­gling.”

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