Merlin Griffiths

Britain's best known televised bartender

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Merlin started a life behind bars in 1995 in Soho at infamous dive bar the Doghouse. He learned his trade over the next 6 years mainly around London’s West End and Soho working at Little Havana, Voodoo Rooms and legendary nightclub The Velvet Room before moving into bar management in West London’s Portobello Road area. Whilst there he worked under Charlie McVeigh (My Million Pound Menu, BBC2) and Ben Reed (Drinks Author, Cocktail Credentials) learning the importance of service and high-end cocktails. From there a stint in events and mobile bar service led through industry contacts and friends to a role with 5* Indian hotel chain, Taj Hotels, living in Bangalore for two years as their Specialist Bartender responsible for two outlets, ICE Bar and Graze Restaurant. Bacardi Global Brands then headhunted Merlin for the role of Global Ambassador, Bombay Sapphire Gin (and later Oxley Gin too). Almost four years on the road for a global brand marketing arm filled two passports and gave Merlin a wider world view gaining unique insight into the trade and honing his presentation and media skills.

During that time Merlin won several awards in various prestigious cocktail competitions, including Bacardi Capital Cocktail 2004, Drinks International Cocktail Challenge 2005 and Angostura Global Cocktail Competition 2006.

Since 2010, Merlin now co-owns his own company, Greenhouse Pubs and operates a successful rural pub, bar and restaurant site in Northamptonshire. He is most notable for his role in Channel 4’s dating show, First Dates, who along with Fred Sirieix (iTV’s Gordon, Gino & Fred) welcomes the guests and puts them at ease over a delicious cocktail or two in the restaurant of love. He also contributes regular cocktail segments to Saturday Morning with James Martin (iTV) and has been included on Sunday Brunch (C4) and Good Morning Britain (iTV).

Online, Merlin uses Twitter – 37K followers, and Instagram – 32K followers primarily. He has Facebook Public Figure page with plans to use it more over the coming year.

Outside of working life Merlin enjoys cycling, reading & playing guitar and has a young daughter with his partner.

Merlin started a life behind bars in 1995 in Soho at infamous dive bar the Doghouse. He learned his trade over the next 6 years mainly around London’s West End and Soho working at Little Havana, Voodoo Rooms and legendary nightclub The Velvet Room before moving into bar management in West London’s Portobello Road area. Whilst there he worked under Charlie McVeigh (My Million Pound Menu, BBC2) and Ben Reed (Drinks Author, Cocktail Credentials) learning the importance of service and high-end cocktails. From there a stint in events and mobile bar service led through industry contacts and friends to a role with 5* Indian hotel chain, Taj Hotels, living in Bangalore for two years as their Specialist Bartender responsible for two outlets, ICE Bar and Graze Restaurant. Bacardi Global Brands then headhunted Merlin for the role of Global Ambassador, Bombay Sapphire Gin (and later Oxley Gin too). Almost four years on the road for a global brand marketing arm filled two passports and gave Merlin a wider world view gaining unique insight into the trade and honing his presentation and media skills.

During that time Merlin won several awards in various prestigious cocktail competitions, including Bacardi Capital Cocktail 2004, Drinks International Cocktail Challenge 2005 and Angostura Global Cocktail Competition 2006.

Since 2010, Merlin now co-owns his own company, Greenhouse Pubs and operates a successful rural pub, bar and restaurant site in Northamptonshire. He is most notable for his role in Channel 4’s dating show, First Dates, who along with Fred Sirieix (iTV’s Gordon, Gino & Fred) welcomes the guests and puts them at ease over a delicious cocktail or two in the restaurant of love. He also contributes regular cocktail segments to Saturday Morning with James Martin (iTV) and has been included on Sunday Brunch (C4) and Good Morning Britain (iTV).

Online, Merlin uses Twitter – 37K followers, and Instagram – 32K followers primarily. He has Facebook Public Figure page with plans to use it more over the coming year.

Outside of working life Merlin enjoys cycling, reading & playing guitar and has a young daughter with his partner.

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