By Sacha Delfosse – editor bars&clubs
Leading Central Coast cocktail bar, Gosford's ReviveR, will soon welcome an international multi award-winning bartender to its growing team.
Award-winning Seattle bartender, Shane Sahr, will be heading down under to take up the role of bar manager at ReviveR cocktail bar in Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.
Sahr, who has been bartending for over 13 years, will begin the new role on October 8. Prior to taking up the new position, he spent four years working behind the bar of Seattle's Tini Bigs cocktail lounge.
Sahr befriended ReviveR director and co-founder, Gordon Ryan, two years ago while Ryan was researching cocktail bars in the US. And in October last year, he visited ReviveR to take part in 'Murray Aid', an event held to raise funds for life-saving medical treatment for another well-known, celebrated Seattle bartender, Murray Stenson.
"My first trip to ReviveR and the Central Coast was amazing," said Sahr.
"As for ReviveR, Gordon runs an outstanding bar program that I feel could compete with some of the top bars in Seattle and the west coast of the United States. He prides himself on promoting an outstanding cocktail and spirits program using local products as much as possible."
Ryan said that the decision to bring Sahr onboard to manage the ReviveR bar team is part of the bar's vision to provide the Central Coast with "a truly world class experience", and that Sahr also shares the bar's vision to encourage patrons to see the venue as their 'third place' (with their home and workplace their first and second place respectively).
"Your 'third place' is where you go to relax, take a deep breath, be among friends and not worry about things for a while," said Sahr.
"My signature cocktails are always inspired by my surroundings and the people that I meet. I can't wait to make cocktails that are inspired by the people of Gosford and the Australian culture, whether it is based on their taste, their flavour profile or simply what makes them happy."