Global bar report 2020

6th November, 2020 by Melita Kiely

The bar industry has faced colossal challenges in 2020. The Spirits Business explores the current state of affairs region by region.


Canadian bar Supernova Ballroom’s Le Classique cocktail

*This feature was originally published in the November 2020 edition of The Spirits Business magazine.

Bartending demands a broad spectrum of skills. It is not only the ability to mix, match and balance flavours beautifully; there’s artistry in the execution and presentation. Bartending requires sympathetic ears, quick-witted conversation starters, knowing when to interject during first-date awkward silences and when to bite your tongue to diffuse testy situations.

Consumers will flock time and time again to their favourite venues for their personable touches. Whether it’s the killer cocktails at their go-to dive bar, or the quiet, gentle ambience of their preferred after-work watering hole, each venue brings its own touch of magic to the occasion.

There is no denying that the on-trade has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. But the spark, the community spirit, the creativity and the camaraderie that makes the global bar scene so unique has certainly not been diminished. The ways in which bartenders worldwide have adapted to the challenges brought on by Covid-19 this year have been awe-inspiring.

Over the following pages, we investigate how bars have been affected by the pandemic from region to region, what help is needed to support venues in the long term, and what the coming year could entail.

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