Podcast with Dave Fernie [213 Group]


This week I continue my tour of some of the greatest bars and bar leaders in the business.

Cocktails, playlists and furniture are commodities. You have got to get them right but a remarkable experience is only possible when you have remarkable people.

I get to meet a lot of people that add a ton of value. Dave Fernie, of the 213 Group has a multiplying effect on his business. A contagious attitude, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to deliver true hospitality to his guests (and teammates).

Dave really does it all; he is an unbelievable bartender (bordering on mad scientist), a great DJ and one of those people that can connect with any guest and elevate an experience. A true triple threat!

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I hope you enjoy spending some time with him as much as I do.

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Show Notes:

  • Dave Fernie’s background in the industry (00:44)
  • How do you balance the increase of responsibilities with doing what you love in the industry? (10:00)
  • Fernie’s mentors in the industry. (11:48)
  • What’s one thing that impressed you about working for Cedd Moses? (13:00)
  • What advice would you give to your 23 year old self? (14:35)
  • What are some of your morning routines? (15:47)
  • Book recommendations (16:51)
  • How do you define hospitality? (18:32)
  • How do you on board new staff?  (20:18)
  • Who do you look up to in the industry? (21:31)
  • Favorite drink and song? (22:46)
  • 3 bars to visit in LA (23:25)
  • Trends in the industry (24:33)
  • Fernie’s DJ career (25:29)

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Sean Finter