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Yigal Dayan, owner and barman at Mishmish (Hebrew for apricot), one of
Tel Aviv's most established cocktail lounges, talks about the trials and
tribulations of his work.
Dayan served some of the most famous celebrities in Israel during his bar-tending career which has spanned over two decades. A self-confessed creature of the night, he enjoys making people smile and does not enjoy making vodka redbulls.
Taking a break from serving the public
that he loves so much, Dayan took some time out to explain how he began
working as a barman and even some tricks of the trade. How long have you been serving drinks?
started to work in bars and clubs in the 90s. I really enjoyed working
in the nightlife scene because I like to see people smiling and really
don't enjoy being in a bad mood. Also, the nightlife scene suits me well
because I really don't understand how people can get up in the morning!How did you get into making cocktails?
I was working as barman I did a special course. But the course only
sharpened some of the skills. I had already learned most of the skills
on the job.
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What is the craziest story you have from a night working behind the bar?
are far too many interesting stories to tell. I don't think I could
tell you the crazier stories without getting in trouble.Who is the most interesting customer that has sat at the bar while you were working?
can't think of one specific person that stands out. Most of the famous
Israeli celebrities and MKs have come to drink at the bar. Even foreign
celebrities have to come to drink at Mishmish. I think that only
Netanyahu has not come to sit at my bar.Who would be your dream person to serve a drink to?
treat everyone the same. Most of the famous people have already come to
drink here. Even the cleaner on the street is more than welcome in my
opinion. I just like to serve people.What does it take to become a barman?
can become a barman but not everyone can be a good barman. You need a
lot of experience and practice to really be successful.What is your favorite drink to make?
Red Mandarin. It consists of fruits of the forest, oranges, sugar, lemon and vodka.What is your least favorite drink to make?
Vodka redbull.What is your pet peeve about being a bartender?
Serving vodka redbull.What is the best part of the job?
I love to talk with people and I really enjoy the social aspect of the job. I like to make people laugh.
also enjoy being a matchmaker. It is quite interesting how many people
have got married after spending their first date at Mishmish. I would
say that over 100 couples have told me that they got married after
meeting or having a first date here. There is nothing like the buzz of
knowing this. I like to make people smile.What is the best tip you have ever received?
NIS 1000.How many people try to hit on you during a night?
I lose count. It happens so often.Do you have any tips for anyone that wants to start bartending?
have to be a good communicator and a great sales person. Lots of
confidence is also needed. It is actually more important to be a good
communicator rather than be able to prepare a drink. But obviously
having the basic skills does help. Mishmish, Lilenblum 17, Tel Aviv. Sunday-Saturday: 9:00 p.m until the last customer.Phone: 03-5168178.
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